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Are These Lookalikes Design Plagiarism or Shared Pool of Ideas?

 - Feb 28, 2009
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It’s all been done. At least, that’s every creator’s biggest fear. But, as it turns out, it’s not at all unfounded--one Flickr set keeps a fascinating archive of design overlap over the decades.

According to Brain Pickings, 'Similarities' takes "pairs of cultural artifacts, often separated by decades, and exposes anything from well-meaning homages to blatant rip-offs to the unfortunate overlaps of equally twisted minds."

The point, it seems, isn’t so much to point the finger at potential plagiarists as it is to shed new light on the creative process and challenge us to think about where ideas and inspiration come from.