It has recently come to my attention that a famous artist somewhat copied one of my designs. I feel conflicted, because although as the saying goes, “imitation is the highest form of flattery,” it also sort of downgrades the successfulness of both of our designs. Otherwise, this could just be a coincidence.
Back in 2006 when I was in college, I was tasked with a project to re-design a local non-profit company’s logo. I chose Glen Echo National Park. The park is now a center for the arts, though it was originally a theme park. Of all the original attractions, the carousel is the only ride that still stands and works. It is also located centrally in the park, and thus I decided it would make the perfect subject for a new logo.
While searching the internet today, I came upon the portfolio website for Lance Wyman. I wasn’t familiar with his name, but after going through some of his work, I definitely recognized his designs which was pretty cool. Since I live in the DC area, I have become very familiar with some of his noteworthy work such as the logos and way-finding signs for the National Zoo, American Museum for Natural History, Library of Congress, and the National Mall to name a few. And then I noticed something familiar:
It turns out this logo for another old amusement park was designed fairly recently in 2014. Both of our designs feature a carousel horse facing the right, in a galloping stance, and in a red color. My design has been featured on my portfolio website for years, definitely since before 2014. Although knowing that the internet is a huge place, the Graphic Design world of portfolio sites is a particular niche. While it is believable that Mr. Wyman may not have encountered my design before he created his own interpretation, it is also eerily similar to mine. Whatever the case though, at the end of the day, if a famous designer has mimicked my design, I suppose it merely means that my logo which came first, is just all that more of a success!