Art Directors, you must know that people are aesthetically imaginative and appreciate beauty and wit and timeless design. You know they will gravitate to media that incorporate these things, benefitting your clientele. People are tired of shallow and crowded throwaway graphic design. I'm not saying there isn't wonderful work being published right now—sometimes it's just hard to find, surrounded by mountains of material destined to be tossed and forgotten.
You have at your command enough talented illustrators to fill a super-bowl stadium. Turn them loose to give you their best. Their work deserves large formats, not crowded and hidden behind shouting text. Please don't rely strictly on stock images and photography. Think of graphic golden ages past and realize that we could be part of a new golden age to come.