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Can You Be Truly Original As A Designer?

half-domeFinding Your Own Voice
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If this is true, many graphic artists, designers, photographers and other have paid homage to their artistic heroes by trying to mimic their styles.

Dedicated nature photographers make the trek to Yosemite Park in California in an attempt to recapture the magic of Ansel Adams' photograph of Half Dome.

Some fashion designers toil away at making their pieces resemble the works of Ralph Lauren, Donatella Versace, or Marc Jacobs.

Graphic designers pay homage to Milton Glaser and glean ideas from his famous creations.

We can all learn from the greats and this is a good thing. But in the long run, some creative designers, artists, and those in the liberal arts want to find their own voice and style.

picassosmallerPicasso Broke the Mold
Pablo Picasso shocked the art world with his style of Cubism. It was unnerving to many and a wonder for others.

Some scientists even ventured to explain his art as a representation of how things would look in the fourth dimension.

Regardless of whether people accepted Picasso's work or not, it was a style he developed and liked.

And this is the center of what drives many who are creative; the search to express something original and different.

artist-shadowYour Style May Look Familiar
If you are consciously attempting to use the same techniques of the artist or designer you admire in order to find your own method, it is a worthy exercise in creative growth.

In some cases, talent naturally mimics those of the great ones. "His style looks like so and so," we hear occasionally.  As you can see, a similar style can be on purpose or occur spontaneously. But whatever is the case, as long as it is your style, that's what is important.

mona-lisaFeeling Secure In What You Are Doing
It is a common trait of creative designers to sometimes second guess themselves. "Did I do it right?" Will the client like my work?" "Maybe I should have done something different instead," and the list goes on.

Being creative can sometimes be a tough act. Are you merely a copy of someone else, or is your work truly original?

Some say there is nothing really new under the sun, and that creativity is an accumulation of what has come before us. But whether this is true or not is open for debate and contemplation.

The real question about personal creativity is, "Are you happy with what you have produced?

If the answer is "yes," this is all that matters.


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Associate Degree-Computer Graphics and Design
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