March 06, 2014:
I've tried to write this blog a few different ways but I keep finding myself overwhelmed with (potentially) useless (but interesting) details.
Instagram: It's not for sharing your "inspiration" that's called TUMBLR. Even then CREDIT THE PERSON WHO'S WORK IT IS IF IT ISN'T YOUR OWN. There is no reason to screen shot and share the work of others whom you admire but then fail to credit. If you admire it - CREDIT IT.
(please no more phone calls to my office if you are butt hurt that I politely typed on your instagram feed asking for a credit)
Also, can we please stop crying BULLY every time someone tells you something or suggests something that YOU DISAGREE WITH? There is a major difference between someone who is frank (and ballsy or so I've been called thanks Alicia I'm quoting you here) and a bully. By definition Bullying is: the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. (Source). In my experience, those who cry bully often are the most likely TO bully and tend to do so by mobbing (a new to me definition but WHOA it fits) but that's another conversation for another day.
Using the excuse "No one credits the work they share on their blogs....or I did credit I got it from Pinterest or HGTV.com" doesn't wash. You can drag the image into the search bar on google and find the original source of the work. There are more complex apps and search tools to ENABLE you to source the origin but you HAVE to be willing to put the EFFORT into it. It's sheer laziness at this point. I changed the focus of my own blog to sharing my own work and photos because it was TOO MUCH WORK at the end of the day to go and source all the credits let alone list them when I blogged. I occasionally will share an inspiration picture that I am not sure of the credit on but now I go through the effort to try and find out who it belongs to or I will ASK. I'm amazed at how quickly I get a response when I ask the internet if they know who's work something is. BAM someone usually responds in minutes.
The thing is: If you don't credit, you are taking all the credit. Sure when you get caught you can deny it or claim you were only posting it for inspiration but that's not what is happening. You get likes, followers, advertisers and collaborations/freebies as you continue to do this so you are complicit in the deception even if it's a bit of a hazy area. If you want to be a designer or a creative, do the work. Read Ira Glass. Your work will suck initially but it will get better. No one starts their career out AS Barbara Barry, it takes decades to become her. Enjoy the journey - it will make you appreciate how far you've come.
Let's be fans of creatives. Let's compliment and cheer them on even if they don't know it. Let's make their unforgettable work known. I can say to my staff - Oh a Thomas O'Brien art wall and they know exactly what image I am thinking of. Let's try and do a blue/white porcelain grouping a la Carolyne Roehm... or Tuft it like it's Miles Redd. This doesn't take away from our creativity or our own cred. We've made it part of our lexicon here at our office to pay hommage to the person who inspired us. It excites and challenges us to up our game. We want to be worthy of this sort of talk. So I implore you, if you see someone sharing "INSPIRATION" on a blog or a social media hashtag them #CreditPlease.
Okay I need coffee now.