spreading the love
In today’s day and age where we are bombarded with information, links, blogs, and websites such as Pinterest, it’s easy for many to be inspired by others. Some do it extremely well, meaning they see something they are moved by and create something very unique and truly their own. And the only reason you know they were inspired by something is because they post about it on their blogs or other forums. Others emulate things so much it crosses the line.
It’s unfortunate but I’ve come across this various times. I’ve seen others launch designs that I feel are too similar to mine; down to specific combinations that I’ve used. I’ve also seen the work of others be copied. Styles, color palettes, packaging, even branding elements; you name it. We’ve all had clients that come to us saying they really like something, include a link and ask if we can do something similar. My answer has always been that I can give them my interpretation of a new design based on their link as inspiration. Some clients get it and move forward with your ideas. Others ask for changes to make it more similar to their original request. In that case, I suggest they go to the original designer and ask them to help with the project. I won’t do something someone else worked hard to create. Go to the original creator, they know their own work better than anyone else.
It’s easy to spot when someone has copied your work, especially when you’re in the same industry. It’s important to know what the trends are, but in my opinion it’s more important to be yourself, have your own voice as a designer, and be original. We all work hard to get to where we are so to see someone who is trying to “keep up with the Jones’” by copying others is upsetting. At the end of the day, not only will copying others work hurt your reputation but it will also hurt you as a designer. Isn’t it part of our job, designer or not, to continue to grow and evolve within our fields?
Would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Have you come across this type of situation? How did you handle it?
Happy Valentine's Day! Seeing as it's a day full of extra love and so many sweet couples get engaged this time of year, we thought it was only fitting to share one of our latest projects.
We're so thrilled for the launch of Chromatic & Co. launched by Erika Firm of Delphine. It's an honor to be a part of a collaboration with such amazing designers like 42 Pressed and The Peach Press who share our passion for color, type, and design.
Chromatic is a stationery and paper partry goods website where you can customize all your stationery needs. Want wedding invitations? How about pretty coasters and custom paper napkins? For all our fellow organizing lovers, how about a custom binder to hold all your ideas? Note pads? Calling cards? You name it, Chromatic has you covered!
Chromatic images courtesy of Chromatic & Co. Both images showcasing Fig. 2 for Chromatic.
This was one of the most unexpected emails to wake up to this morning! I'm so honored to be selected as a Top Ten vendor in the Invitations category and a finalist in the Chesapeake Bridal Awards, thanks to nominations from local brides, wedding professionals, friends and family memebers. There are some great stationers in the DC area so to be among them is a real treat.
Starting today, you can vote on Bayside Bride and Charm City Wed's Facebook Pages. Each of you can submit two ballots, one per Facebook page and I'd be thrilled if you could take a minute and vote for Fig. 2! Oh, and nice little plug here for all non-brides... anyone can vote! If my parents had Facebook accounts I would ask them to, but they're not quite there yet ;)
Even if Fig. 2 doesn't win, it's an honor to be in good company and I owe much of this to the wonderful wedding community and to all my brides who have nominated Fig. 2. Thank you!
Voting ends on Wednesday, January 30th.
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