How do art and design differ?
All over the world, there are situations where design copies concepts from art.
Why does this happen?
Thinking about this issue also means thinking about how art and design differ.
Design requires a client. Art does not. One could say that, in art, the client is yourself.
Design features a clear goal. Designers cannot change their destination on a whim. Designers must realize free expression within many constraints (budget, time).
Therefore, there will be cases where one has no choice but to copy or imitate. However, to an artist who creates something out of nothing, this can seem like an “only thieves could be so bold” situation.
As human civilization progresses, more and more designs will be appear. There may be works that unintentionally resemble one other. That is why AI-powered design search engines have appeared. (See reference below)
However, I think the biggest problem is insufficient study on the part of the client. Companies that order designs need to understand art history and trends in contemporary art instead of relying solely on agencies, production companies, and designers. And, show respect for art!
In today’s age, even if two works “kind of look alike,” a small spark on social media can lead to a conflagration.
Let’s do things properly.
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There are even sites where you can check if something is plagiarized.