Inspiration // Imitation

July 9, 2013

Dear Miss Modern
Saw this on Pinterest and thought SO TRUE. I even commented. I’m talking about blatant copying. Just don’t do it. Not only does it look bad and discredits your integrity / brand, it’s embarrassing. I think our designs / styles / posts always have some sort of inspiration from somewhere, but there’s definitely a difference between inspiration and imitation – it’s a fine line. I’ve recently read some great posts about this and how to prevent it yourself:

// Pinegate Road by Kelsey who reflects on a personal experience
// Inspiration vs. Imitation by Breanna Rose on Blog Milk
// Love Grows Design – Inspiration Imitation (Thank you, Allyssa)

What do you think?

  • Louisa

    Love that you posted this! I’ve been trying to make sure that all of my content is original and true to me and my vision of blogging, not someone else’s.

    Agree with you one hundred percent!


  • Yolonda J. Washington // DesignRoundup

    Right on Sista! You posting this is exactly why I have become an everyday reader…there is so much originality here. Love it! Keep up the great post!


  • Johanna

    I’ve never encountered this but I totally respect this post and those that have been copied and get upset. You gotta credit images, ideas, etc and as for blatant copying…well, that’s just a really bad idea.

  • Alicia Mackin

    I know SOOOO true, I have been copied twice. More or less blatant copying. And I do not know if you are familiar with Designlovefest blog. But man she gets copied alot! There is this one blogger that totally copied one of her desktop designs and she even copied how the graphics introducing the free desktop designs is presented. I can not recall the name of the blog but would know if I saw it again. And she even claims to be a graphic designer. Wow is all I can say.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  • Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    Amen! It’s one thing to credit someone else, but you outright steal something and claim it’s your own? EW.

  • Sydney Nguyen

    You go, girl! ;D People can be so dumb sometimes.

  • ashlyn williams

    AMEN! It is a tough blogging world out there. but SO many times our work get takes & used with zero credit. I def get my inspiration from all over the place & to be honest you are a HUGE inspiration. I feel like if you want to use someones idea, just ask them & credit back. simple as that.

    hope studying is going well! xo

  • Allyssa

    It’s definitely a fine line between inspiration and imitation. But blatantly stealing someones ideas? That’s just wrong.

  • drinkcitra

    This is so very true! I sometimes worry about this when I do my nails lol. I do hope more people become aware of this.

  • Stephanie Lula

    I understand people who do the work and see the exact same thing but maybe a little different, it can be very, very frustrating! But there are also over 6 billion people in the world and nothing is original, it’s been done and will be done over and over again.

  • Juni

    totally agree. as creatives, respect for our work is super important. it’s rude and disrespectful for sure.

  • Sara Mueller

    So true! Thanks for sharing some great posts with us!

  • Irela

    Thanks for posting this. There is a very thin line between imitation and stealing. One can be inspired by someone’s work, but that doesn’t give you the right to copy it as is and claim it your own. A very thin line indeed…

  • Sarah Mc.

    I love this in at least 1000 different ways.

  • Alexa

    So so true. Thanks for reminding everyone about this!

  • Sandy a la Mode

    yes this is soooo very true!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Jane

    i’ve had people steal pictures. it’s the oddest thing. it happens at work when i would take pictures at events, etc. and other organizations would literally just steal the picture for their own blogs and enewsletters without giving proper credit.. it also happens elsewhere with my personal photos. i used to use watermarks but later stopped using them. i don’t like it when people don’t give credit. or ask before they can use my pictures.

  • Amy (Oh, My)

    I love this! I have a copycat blog out there – she is using my old header, and 24 of my posts. Just copied and posted the text and images. And yes, they were posts where I was showcasing other people’s work (I am always super careful about quoting the original artists and source the best I can), but it still made me feel weird. I did tweet her about it, but of course, no response. x | |