Well, there has been some debate and backlash over the poster I created for Buckminster Fuller sharing some similarities to the work of Scott Hansen AKA ISO50. Scott’s work has always been a huge influence on me and my work. A lot of his imagery has been burned into my memory and I think is buried pretty deeply in my subconscious. A user left a comment today linking to the poster above comparing it to my own and I admit there are definitely some similarities. The embarrassing thing is, I hadn’t even seen that particular poster by ISO50 in quite a while.

I had an idea already in my mind of how I wanted to lay the Fuller poster out beforehand and I didn’t really know where I got the idea. It was just in my head. I used the strong diagonal lines as well to give the poster a forward direction to kind of help communicate the ‘progress’ Fuller stood for and also emphasize his upward gaze.

I have always liked the way Scott annotates his posters as well and I have started trying to do something similar on some of my recent posters by kind of signing off on them and numbering them in some way. It wasn’t until I saw the poster Hansen had done that I realized how close I was getting to the way he had done it on some of his own posters.

So, I am going to answer the call and do something totally different. I will pull the poster down and do an entirely new one sometime this week or later this week. When I am finished I will post the new one and you can have at it and see what you think. I am going to use the same vector image of Fuller along with the same colorway. I’ll just do a totally different layout. Then you can fire away and see what you think.

I just wanted to address this directly and nip it in the bud. I thought that would be the best way to handle it. I didn’t want to leave it out there for people to stew upon. I know how angry designers can get over things like this.

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11 Responses to “ISO50 and Bucky”

  1. chris joseph Says:

    The only thing I’d take issue with is Bucky preferred to use Universe in the place of “God”

  2. Christopher Says:

    That’s a nice point. I pulled the quote directly from Fuller. “God is a verb” is a pretty famous quote of his. I know he often substituted God with universe but I like the implications of action in the God is a verb quote. It kind of subtly implies, ‘get off your ass and do something’. I like the idea that God is energy and action, not static.

  3. Nat Says:

    That’s called recursion. Check it out. Hope nobody gave you a hard time over that. The posters still excellent.

  4. Christopher Says:

    Alright, as you will see by the time next to my entry here, if it read my time, I completed a brand new design ’round about 2 am finally, that is in my opinion, totally different. I got cracking on it the minute I got home and cranked it out in about 5 hours.

    I actually like it a lot better than the first one. I’ll put it up tomorrow. Good night.

  5. Will Says:

    Who cares? I mean seriously? Yeah there are some similarities but it isn’t plagorism. Shepard Fairey straight jacks other people’s work, I mean totally lifts it without changing it and puts it in a poster. He does it with really famous people’s work too and no one says a thing about it. He is rich too and has a huge fan base. Designers are a bunch of nitpicky jerks. Everything comes from somewhere else. NOTHING is original. There is no such thing.

  6. tim Says:

    The entire design scene is morphing into one big blur of copycat work. It’s herendous. “NOTHING is original.” Ya, I agree, not with mindsets like yours around. There’s no way to close yourself off from outside influence, that’s indisputable, but you CAN have an original thought and/or style. It’s like the guy at the turn of the 20th century who tried to pass a bill saying nothing more can be invented, it’s all been done. So laughable. I just think people should strive to come up with original and unique art. What’s the point of being an artist otherwise? “Who cares?” – brilliant way to look at it.

  7. Jon Says:

    Well you can get rich and famous doing it. And really not even try to produce anything different but just blatantly plagiarize.

    Like this:

    Or like this:

    Or this:

    He has been doing it his whole career. We are not talking about referencing a style either. We are talking about plagiarism. There is a huge divide between being influenced or inspired by a style and then there is outright plagiarizing. Fairey has been doing it from the start, even using the same Futura typeface treatment and verbage from the movie ‘They Live’. He is one of the most famous artists in the world right now. The guy is worshiped like a god.

  8. Christopher Says:

    Wow a real can of worms got opened on this one.

  9. Jonathan Says:

    Who cares? Both images are fantastic and there is no way you should fold to the complaints of others. If everyone had to endlessly revise work they did because it looked “too similar” to someone else’s work, design would suck.

    Stick to your guns, your work looks great.

  10. ISO50 Says:

    […] borders around images in general, etc. I’ve seen it a few times now that people say something is very ‘ISO50-ish’ or something of that kind. It is undoubtedly true that Scott Hansen’s style is rather […]

  11. Stephan W Says:

    How do I buy this poster?

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