This is not a "how-to" but a simple post regarding a lack of creativity in a lot of graphic design recently. I want to see if anyone else has similair thoughts.
Recently my school had a "photography" show to show off...well...photos. The photoshop section was terrible and the "winner" was some kid who used the generic cracked ground texture on someone's face.
That's just a small little example. Everything I have seen online from logos to instagram pictures, is getting less and less unique.
However there are plenty of exceptions. Just remember it's your job to stand out :p