I hope everyone was able to make it out to Artropolis at the Merchandise Mart this weekend! So. Much. Cool. Stuff! While I was wandering the gigantic halls of Art Chicago & Next, I couldn't help from getting giddy with excitement. I think events like this are so great for our personal development as designers primarily because it allows us to see what our contemporaries are working on and the directions the art world may be going.
This got me thinking about a quote from one of my favorite designers, Frank Chimero (see yellow photo). I think this point of view is valid and quite funny, but also troubles me in regards to where our inspiration comes from as designers. At what point does emulation become plagarism? Particularly in an industry where the waters are already murky. Now, by no means am I indicating that it is wrong to use inspiration from others to develop your work. Instead, I argue that in order to receive due credit, one must insert their own creativity into the equation. Otherwise, the design community becomes a bunch or robots, ripping off one another and not pushing the envelope.
I guess what I'm really trying to say is: go forth and make stuff! Just be aware where your inspiration is coming from, and never naively take credit for someone else's ideas.