Saturday, 16 July 2011

Logo let go

When is a logo plagiarism – or simply a copy – and when does it just stem from the same idea? Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency got a new logo just a couple of months ago, but it's already withdrawn (removed from the website yesterday) after the discovery of its similarity to the logo for WorldCat (a web-based searchable database of hundreds of libraries worldwide). They are almost the same – with a star being formed by the white space at the centre of 5 swirling (very similarly coloured) lines.

The design seemed much to close for accident – or, with a limited use of stars and swirls (often favoured logo iconography) and some helpfully built-in Illustrator colours, could it have been pure coincidence??

via Japanprobe

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