The famous stealing work from the unknown

In the Australian dance world, David Atkins is one of the biggest names there is. He was the artistic director of the Sydney 2000 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and he was awarded an OAM and won an Olympic Gold Pin for his efforts. However it was his earlier work in musicals that originally had me captivated and then heartbroken when I found out that much of his choreography was stolen from some of the greatest tap dancers of all time. It is not unusual for tap dancers to celebrate the work of the greats but after seeing the show live twice and then watching it countless times on video I was still of the opinion that Atkins had choreographed this sequence. This is not an isolated incident for Atkins and I am in the process of compiling other instances for future posts.

David Atkins in Hot Shoe Shuffle (1995)

The Miller Trio in Hi De Ho (1937)

Melbourne’s new logo proves its self. We never said we ‘hated’ it.



It comes with great pleasure that I post today after seeing an article in the Herald Sun (Melbourne daily newspaper).

In 2009, the city of Melbourne got a facelift in the form of a new logo. It got instant attention across media about its validity and context for Melbournians and was all the talk in the design industry around Australia. “embroiled in controversy” I’ve seen written a few places.
Here’s a small selection:

Well today it comes that our once deemed $2-shop, drawn by the bosses daughter, overpriced, 1990′s rave party logo is now the mark of desire with two companies being ousted in the daily rag as having copied the design. One I must say is a dead ringer but the other is up for debate.
I must admit when I first saw the article on the page sitting under my espresso I laughed to myself thinking that we’d gone through all this debate to find that the design had been ripped from a shopping plaza in China and that they thought we wouldn’t notice. Unfortunately it wasn’t so.

Full article:

Melbourne city is now considering undertaking legal action over the matter where they’ll probably just aim for the top and sue China as a nation with Norway next on the agenda. In the meantime it seems we’re happy to take the flattery that comes with the news of our always beloved new logo.


I’m a big fan of the flickr group Mid Century Modern – sticker, stamp and label club

I liked one image so much I use it as my desktop background.

its a sheet of czech matchboxes, presumably from the 1950s/60s.

So I recognised it immediately when I saw this card in Paperchase

I tracked it down to this website

Its part of the Heidi range, not exactly clear who designed it. And by ‘designed’, I mean traced.

Guardian weekend magazine vs Young me/Now me

Guardian weekend magazine (UK) ran a cover story and big feature in their 5th march 2011 issue completely based around celebrities dressed and posed to replicate childhood photos of themselves. Unless I’m missing something, this seems to be completely stolent from ZeFranks Young me/Now me project.

Guardian weekend magazine pictures: (website here:






























and some examples from the original Young me/Now me website: (









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