Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Having one's work appropriated in some way is said (usually by those doing the appropriating) to be a compliment. I don't see it that way. More often than not, it just feels like a cheap mugging, with the loss of not only a sense of ownership but also some sense of self. Nearly a year ago, I was proud to be invited to design a cover for a special edition of one of Australia's most widely read journals of new writing, Griffith REVIEW, edited by Julianne Schultz. My idea for it was simple: a rough board hand-painted in orange acrylic on top of which I created the issue's title, The Next Big Thing, in distressed, roughly torn, silver electrical tape. The effect was striking and relevant.Eight months after The Next Big Thing's publication, I came across, by chance, a review of Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die, By Chip Heath and Dan Heath, published this month in the USA by Random House. Imagine my shock when I saw its cover, above. It'll piss me off no end if the graphic artist who ripped off my idea wins some crappy award for 'their' original work.