You may have come across Panic a couple of years ago when they were the talk of the Apple web developer community for creating great software like Coda and Transmit. They were praised for having elegant and intuitive interfaces that set them apart from so many other software companies. They even translated this great design to their website. Compare their original designs to some of the knockoffs below. One person thought their software icon (on the left) was so great that it should be used as a “We’re Moving” icon (on the right.)
Over time, imitation became flattery which ended up on the Panic page website as The Rip-Off Express. The guys at Panic took a humorous approach to people ripping off their artwork and found a creative way to promote it towards their best interests. It’s one thing to steal someone’s artwork, but it’s another thing to use it in a tasteless manner. People not only ripped off their icons, but stole photos of their office too. Talk about looting the shop!
What has become more and more prevalent in the web design and software development industries is the fact that the ubiquity of the internet has allowed millions of developers, programmers and designers to lift artwork from it’s original creators and not give any credit to the original artists. They are taking the hard work of others, using it as their own and not allowing the creators to be supported in any way. I applaud Panic in finding a creative way to expose those who think it is o.k. to steal creative work.
I could not believe the absolute identical score on this documentary to the superb Hans Zimmer score from Gladiator.
I was sure it would have a credit given to Hans Zimmer or Gladiator, but no, just one Martyn Swain.
The documentary (from 2002) start for just one of the many, many examples (auto starting at 25 seconds in)
BBC Documentary opening music
And now track 3, The Battle from the movie Gladiator (2000) (auto starting at 5 mins 52secs in for the same portion)
Gladiator Soundtrack – The Battle
This is just one example, it uses the Gladiator soundtrack music all the way through it, it’s a disgrace.
How does someone get away with this? Especially as the Gladiator soundtrack is SO well known… I only own two soundtracks, and that’s one of them!
One of our customers emailed us at work to say that some people were using our artwork for the Save BBC 6 Music campaign…turns out that @janeandjoe (http://twitter.com/janeandjoe) are taking credit for creating the below artwork!
Ripped off from our original artwork above which was created a couple of years ago by the wonderful Steve Kitchen of Combination13 (www.combination13.com)
Sad times…loads of people are commenting on Facebook saying about how “awesome” it is…and how “awesome” it would look on a t-shirt! http://twitpic.com/photos/awesomemerch it already does look good on t-shirts…on ours!
Bit frustrating as some of us at work listen to Six Music so we’re not “against” the cause…but it’s pretty bad form to rip off our artwork…which has now become the “official” flag of the Awesome Nation of Six Music on Lauren Laverne’s blog here
Oooh…Janeandjoe have just “disappeared” from twitter! Mid-post update.
Feel a bit silly ranting…but we’re a small company and we work really really hard and it’s bad form that the artwork’s been ripped off and they’re not even crediting Combination13 or us for “inspiration” even!
Love how everyone’s using the word “awesome” in relation to it as well! It is awesome….Awesome Merchandise!!
I designed this logo in 1999/2000 for my mother’s company in Australia (formed 1998) and she came across a copycat the other day in the US (CA)… same company name (not unusual as it is a very popular name) but SAME logo? No way it is a co-incidence… see for yourselves.
So looks like a slightly different font (stretched and curved edges like original), spacing etc but pretty blatant.
My mum is no longer using that particular logo but the figure is still part of her new logo.
Thought we wouldn’t notice eh?
Wow. Sometimes I think designers assume they can steal from smaller companies because – let’s be honest – who’s ever going to know, right? But when that small company gets bigger, suddenly a lot more people can see how you ripped them off. Check out these logos:
From L to R: Plan B Ad Agency, Blooming Color, and Plan B LLC in Dubai.
The first one was created over 10 years ago at an ad agency in Chicago, Plan B [the agency alternative]. The next one was “designed” years later by a suburban Chicago printing company called Blooming Color. And today I found a third Plan B logo that’s curiously similar to the first one for a company out of Dubai! I can definitely see how there would be different companies with a prominent “B” in their logo, but these treatments are just WAY too similar to be a coincidence. Don’t you think? Lower case b’s in nearly identical font styles slanting to the right inside the right half of an ellipse? I guess if you’re going to lift a logo it ought to be from a creative ad agency, right?
Check out Blooming Color’s website here or send them an email.
You can also see the ripoff logo for the Dubai agency here.