I think the issue rarely is “design” but rather "what will sell"
MONEY, moolah, bucks…it is the great compromiser.
The Titanic jewelry is a perfect example…even "in the style of"
and influenced by is mostly about SALES…
True design is so powerful that it reflects a new way of seeing
what was always there… sometimes it is recognized and bought
and sometimes it languishes. Van Gogh never sold a painting in his
LIFETIME… many have tried to copy VanGogh but he is “the real
The latest issue of Lapidary Journal has an article about
Russian jewelry artists still in the shadow of Faberge’ and some
who have moved on.
If a design (jewelry, tool, music, yah dah, yah dah) is really a
hot seller it is often copied in Asia and try to enforce a patent
or copyright there… even in this country it is very difficult
and one needs to have very deep pockets to protect “design”. Not
impossible but a long term expensive project, consuming lots of
energy and creative design time…
If you enjoy the company of lawyers and giving them lots of time
and money then litigation is always a choice…and sometimes it
can even lead to large judgements…money …again…
I think everyone is trying, in one form or another, to find the
source of money energy that Bill Gates has tapped… and if you
have BG as a client/patron there is a freedom and a servitude in
And when one does achieve financial freedom(?) does this mean NO
money, Know money or All the money.
The designers I love best, design what they feel and have
something to say that reveals their heart… the copyrights
usually cover marketing and the lawyers…
How many designers really have something to “reveal” how many are
rehashing the obvious? Look at the jelly bean cars, look at the
Ontogeny recapitulating yet again…
Remember, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”…
pssss It’s All Small Stuff…
Have fun , feel good, design, design, design…