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A style all your own?

In class the other day we shortly touched on the issue about whether or not it is okay to “steal” someones design style. Personally, I do not think I have developed my own design style yet, so I am always using other people’s styles to some degree. Maybe I use a mix of design ideas and/or preferences rather than styles, but at this point, for example, I do not have a certain illustrating style. In the past, a client has asked if I would create a logo in a certain persons art style. The only reason I said no was because it didn’t seem aesthetically pleasing to be a used as a style for a logo. If I had found it to be a neat suggestion I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have turned down the idea. I think it can be useful to mimic others. It can help develop stronger design skills and it can also allow you to possibly stumble upon a way in which you would like to design in your own way. How do you feel? Do you think it it unethical to steal others design styles and prohibits us from reaching our full potential as artists or do you think art is about sharing and allowing yourself and others to grow in order to reach your full potential?


  1. i_like_cats wrote:

    I don’t think it’s unethical to steal a “style” per se, but using an actual design is a whole other story. I think if someone inspires you, then its okay to emulate them to a certain extent, but you just have to be careful that your inspiration doesn’t turn into outright plagiarism. I think in this day and age where everything is so accessible and we have been exposed to so much, it would be hard to create something that wasn’t somehow reminiscent of someone else’s work, whether intentional or not.

    Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink
  2. Vnguyen wrote:

    Have you ever seen the movie Finding Forrester. Sometimes I feel that you can draw inspiration from others, not necessarily steal their ideas, but feed off of others designs.

    Writers that have writers block read and read and experience different mediums of art to regain their own flow.

    Now to completely copy someones thoughts ideas, colors, logos, designs just shows a complete lack of creativity in my eyes and a person just looking for a short cut!

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink