Plagiarism?Submitted by Alessandro Pascoli on Sat, 03/12/2016 - 10:04
I have asked a friend of mine his opinion about this symbol (actually a complete brand identity).
He pointed me to these graphics:
I don't have used Gerstner as direct inspiration, BUT I have studied Swiss Graphic Design quite intensely at the University. My opinion is that that Gerstner's work is in my deep mind / subconscious. I have used a simple square grid to design it, exactly like Gerstner did - it is the easier and natural way to do it for everyone I suppose.
FACT: client already signed off this symbol (plus lettering) before I recognise the similarity. And he loves it.
PROBLEM: Should I tell the client the honest truth? Is it plagiarism? Or just connect a square and a circle is too general to be copyrighted?