The world today is full of advice and support for being yourself and staying unique. It’s what makes us, us. If we were all the same the world would be a very boring and bland place, and nothing new would come.
Artists, creators, designers and makers are responsible for almost everything we have in this world. From giant skyscrapers to the tiniest circuit boards, everything that’s made has been designed. And everything that’s been designed started out as an idea. No matter how big or how small your idea is, it’s still your idea – Right?
It was recently brought to my attention that one of my ideas (well actually two) were being used by someone else, and that that someone else was claiming them as their own. Now, in the grand scheme of things these ideas are tiny but it was still a shock to find it out.
Being a maker is something I’ve always been so it seems right in my world to constantly want to create. I recently took the plunge and turned this want and passion into my full time job. So when I realised that one of my best sellers was now being sold by someone else, using very similar packaging, I was pretty upset.
All design processes take time and don’t always go as planned in the beginning. So when someone takes a fully formed idea to use as their own, with no though of the process involved for the actual designer and no skill on their part, it’s frustrating to say the least.
I am very lucky to have great family and friends around me though, and as one of them said, it must have been a great idea if they wanted to copy it! So for now I’ll take it as flattery while I work on my new ideas. And I guess I can stay safe in the knowledge that I’m actually a designer with a creative mind, and I don’t cut corners.
The Butterfly and Toadstool