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over 5 years ago from Bady Qb, Designer.

  • Mike Wilson, over 5 years ago

    Even if they did steal those shapes, why does it matter?

    I find this designer/artist fantasy of originality to just be misplaced ego. We want to believe that we are unique little snowflakes...that somehow the ideas that are in our heads belong to us as if they were gifted to us by the heavens. In reality, everything in our heads was placed there by some outside influence. When the entire industry (and really, human culture in general) moves based on trends, for anybody to say that what they are doing is truly "theirs" is lying to themselves.

    I highly recommend anybody who hasn't seen it yet watch Everything is a Remix:

    16 points
    • David ThornDavid Thorn, over 5 years ago

      Copyrights, patents, trademarks are all based on the idea that every idea is a snowflake. Lawsuits have been waged for pettier matters.

      Don't think these 4 have anything to worry about though.

      0 points
      • Jordan RomanoffJordan Romanoff, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        Er, not exactly. Thats one way of framing it, but it ignores the work that people invest in building up ideas, systems, etc. I think its possible to acknowledge that ideas are built upon others while still maintaining that the creator has made a significant contribution and should likely be rewarded for their work. These logos are obviously a poor example.

        If you're curious, this paper on patents and innovation is pretty interesting:

        3 points
      • Mike Wilson, over 5 years ago

        That's actually one of the topics that Everything is a Remix took on. They make a pretty strong case that in many industries--say Tech for example--patents/trademarks/etc are innovation killers and actually a giant drag on the economy. You end up with a bunch of mega-corp incumbents building giant patent castles with a moat of lawyers around it trying to stave off any disruption/competition. Instead of coming up with the next great thing, resources are being wasted fighting over inane BS like "who owns the shape of this metal screen?"

        4 points
    • Aaron DavisAaron Davis, over 5 years ago

      Pretty much agree. Everything in our heads is based on experience, but each person reacts and mixes it up differently. We're all idea blenders making design smoothies.

      2 points