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Design plagiarism

It’s pretty common in newsrooms everywhere to see designers rifling through the SND annual design book looking for ideas. It’s fine, for as long as designers don’t blatantly plagiarise another designer’s work.

After all, there is nothing original under the sun.

But I can’t help seeing blatant plagiarism by a Valentine’s Day card designer. Here it is:val2.pdf as first shown on 10,000 Words, a blog on journalism and technology (http://www.mediabistro.com/10000words/).

Whoever designed that card must have stolen the idea from Nicole Peterson’s cover of Dante’s Inferno which she designed in 2008.  Here it is: dantes-inferno.pdf

You can also find it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicole-peterson/2421871810/

What do you think?