So today I’m doing something a little different because recently on twitter my friend Sara Page posted a tweet called ” Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery” . So like any curious creative person would I clicked onto the tweet link which lead me to a blog post written by Betty and Dupree publishing that intrigued me ,scared the living day lights out of me and got me thinking ( here’s the original blog post if you’d like to read it “here”).
The low down on their blog post was that a talented designer of theirs ” Eloise Renouf” had recently came across a collection of products in a well-known department store. No doubt to her surprise the designs on these products looked strikingly familiar to her own work and hence this set a mission objective to find the reason’s why the design has clearly to a point been copied / mimicked / imitated whichever you’d like to call it. As quoted from the blog post it was mentioned by Eloise I’m assuming that;
“I’ve been speaking with the head of buying for home wares. They have actually admitted buying my work for “inspiration”. The wrapping paper has been gracing their office. They have simply “drawn inspiration” from “a variety of sources” and so their design is “original”.
Now this issue is no doubt ongoing at the moment between both, however the thing that instantly came to my mind was are we as creative people with our own ideas and creative thought going to end up being “scared” of sharing our passion and inspiring others for the sake that the seed of that inspiration may lead to situations like this?
I know that there are and have been numerous occasions where many creatives have been mimicked and copied to a T in their style, composition and creative work but really I believe in being fair and what’s the cost of being genuine?
I’ve often been told if you don’t share what you can do people will never know that hidden potential you have inside, but my only hope is that issues like this won’t discourage current and upcoming talent in the future. Is it all simply just down to laziness? What do you guys think?