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Inspiration or Stolen Work?

One of the most helpful resources designs have is each other. Where is the line between inspiration and theft? This question is certainly up to interpretation.  The website could be used an inspiration, but artists and designers could also easily take a concept from online and claim it as their own. This possibility potentially takes away from a majority of the work designers do. We are problem solvers; when we find the solution and apply it to our own problem, we eliminate the need for ourselves. While browsing through others artwork may resolve create creativity blocks, it prevents the designer from learning about the process of the design. While the website  can be used as an excellent inspiration resource, it can also often times leave artists uncredited. The internet has always brought many pros and cons to the world of art and while certain people’s use of it is not always a right answer, it is still possible to use good judgment.

One Comment

  1. Colleen Mullins wrote:

    You bring up an interesting point! Even without these websites, the media we consume and everything else in our lives impact the things we create. It is impossible to live in a bubble and not be influenced by the world around you; inspiration could have come from anywhere, whether it be a conversation you had in a coffee shop two years ago, or someone else’s artwork you just saw. So long as you aren’t copying someone’s work directly, drawing inspiration from it shouldn’t be a big deal.

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