Inspiration Vs. Stealing

In case you missed Beyonce’s performance on the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, it was graphically mesmerizing and filled with interactive visual effects. Now she’s being accused of copying another artist’s idea.

(Comparison of performances)

I think a lot of people in non-creative jobs are quick to judge someone who copies another’s idea. Maybe it’s because that person has never sat down with a blank canvas, piece of paper, or Adobe Illustrator file, had someone say to them “create!” as they stared at the white space.

But let’s face it, every artist copies. Your inspiration has to come from somewhere. At any job I’ve worked at, we’ve been encouraged and even required to have a folder full of “reference” material to knock-off. Magazine ads, photographs, logo designs…the list goes on. I’m not talking about plagiarizing someone’s idea, but using it as a starting point to execute and make a design your own.

Take a look at: How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)

In the words of Picasso, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”


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