Yesterday we discovered that our website had been copied and repurposed by another graphic design firm.
It was our site, it contained our code, and many of the projects they purported to be their own were our designs with a new company name and logo Photoshopped in.
We are all influenced by the world around us, we all repurpose. Everything has been done. Nothing is new. But, we have to keep on trying to improve, add quality, depth and delight.
Just don’t steal. I learned that when I was four years old.
Robert Pruitt was recently feature in the new york times for his art show is understood to have stolen his art from a well known graphics designer. Robert Pruitt has been contected and made aware that we know what has happened but still refuses to even acknowledge the other artist’s design. Robert intends ( if he did not already) to sell the art after the show and im sure he is not thinking about given the real artists and compensation. The design is a copyrighted piece of art work but the original artist does nto live in america so we are not sure what can be done.
Here are some pictures.
Here is the original design created by artist aj dimarucot.
here is the picture features in the New York Times.
New York times was contacted and were were basically told that it was not their issue.
I have made it a personal mission of mine to make sure the original artist gets what he deserves. C’mon guys!
The original design is currently on sale over at threadless.
Just noticed that the Costa Mesa, CA based Hotel Hanford logo (designed in 2009 by Jovenville in Newport Beach, CA) is strikingly similar to the Nashville, TN based Hutton Hotel logo (designed in 2007 by TractorBeam in Dallas, TX).
Not sure what the thought process behind the Hanford logo was… but I know for sure that the Hutton logo was designed as a tall “H” with the negative spaces mimicking the vertical architectural “blades” that span the height of the Hutton building.
Being that these logos are very similar in appearance, and that both are for hotels, I have a hard time believing that this is purely coincidental.
I made this image about a year ago now and have sold it as a print, a card and on T-shirts and tote bags, through my Etsy shop and various retailers around the world.
The original image: (from my website)
On a tote bag:
It has been very popular, so I kind of knew this would happen sooner or later….
Still sucks though. This bag was spotted at an as-yet-unidentified Mexican *** retailer which also apparently sells cheap knock-offs of designer handbags.
It’s an obvious trace of my artwork. Although it’s not the artwork from the bags I sell (the text at the bottom is slightly different, as you can see, and there is just the one heart) but from my original drawing/print. So they probably pulled it off the internet and did a bad tracing. The poor pug’s mouth looks terrible.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to find the store or do anything about this, but it’s pretty upsetting for me.
*** EDIT : I think the bag is actually from the Phillipines, not Mexico. Which makes copyright infringement action very difficult.
More about this situation and samples of my art here: http://tinyurl.com/ricohcopiesart
What Ricoh did:
And other graphics from there site here: http://tinyurl.com/ricohcopiesart2
This project was done by:
Agency: Gigante Vaz Partners | 295 Lafayette Street | New York, NY 10012
I was contacted by the agency in Sept. of 2008 and they requested two copies of my self-promotion called “Keyboard Characters” which can be seen at my link above.
I sent off two sets that contained the monster shown in this post. Around February of 2009 I see the ad they produced above and the other various graphics on the site created to market the Ricoh product. There is another image on my site that shows a more recent brochure using the same character direction.
What pisses me off the most is all the email I’ve received from people asking me if I did work for Ricoh. Ricoh made a cheap B Movie version of my art and now it’s capitalizing on my own works equity.