Design Redux

Mike McKenna

I’m in the middle of working on some design concepts for another shotgunflat/thoughtbot joint, and for the first time in a very long time, the design started looking vaguely familiar as it was unfolding. It was quite arresting at first. The thing that made it even more strange was that once I figured out where I recognized the design, it dawned on me that I was essentially plagiarizing work from my own past. It wasn’t intentional, it just sort of happened. The design from the past is not in use, so it’s not a very big deal, but it kind of caught me off guard.

I’ll have to change it to keep myself happy, but I wonder if there is any kind of ethical issue with this. Probably not, but an interesting situation nonetheless.