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« on: October 17, 2016, 7:50:50 pm »

Am at the stage of conceptualizing the illustrations for a humanities text book.

Would you (and your students) prefer the accompanying illustrations be classical (ie; from the Middle Ages up through the early 20th Century) or contemporary (with an emphasis on the last 20 to 30 years)?

I'm pretty sure it should be one or the other, but would consider a blending.
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 7:52:01 pm »

Does the content itself tie to a particular time period?

Either option has its pitfalls. Modern photos run the risk of looking like they are stretching too hard to appear "modern" and "hip", or whatever, and can look dated pretty quick (if they reflect recently outdated trends).

Very old images, however, can just be boring and inaccessible to students.

I would frame it in terms of what kind of pictures do you need to actually illustrate the content? (and not just gratuitous eye candy)
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