Am I the Only One Who Hates the Three Stuck Gears Stock Art?

Posted by admin on June 1st, 2013 filed in Hacks, Steampunk, Technical Writing

am I the only one around here who hates the "three stuck gears" stock art?

I swear this clockwork stock art is out to get me. It pops up everywhere, especially at work. Look at the following example. Does anything strike you as peculiar? Does anything about it maybe make your brain hurt?

three stuck deadlocked gears

If no, think like an engineer, and imagine which way the gears turn. Pick one gear and mentally spin it in an arbitrary direction. In which direction does the second one spin? In which direction does the third one spin? And consequently, …? Ohnoez, ze gear teethz, zey are breaking!!1 ;_;

three spinning gears versus three deadlocked gears

When I point it out to a non-techie person, they stare at me blankly. When I point it out to a techie person, they sigh “Oh well. Just the PERFECT symbol for our work…” One would think that an image that symbolizes “deadlock” to the main target group ranked high on marketing’s “culturally sensitive symbolism” list. But, hey, guess developers are not that important…

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