In mid 2016 I got the honours to design the brand for the band Pioneers. They quickly started touring and have got a fast growing fan base. Having toured all over the UK and an upcoming tour in other continents to be announced, my designs have been spotted all around.
Last week I was notified that the logo I did for Pioneers had been copied. At first I laughed and though it was a joke. But it wasn't. A local band had just published an image with a new logo that looked very similar to the one I designed only six months ago. One could always argue that they hadn't seen it before or that anyone could come up with that. That it is all a coincidence. And it might be.
The thing is, I know they have seen the design before because these two bands have performed together quite early on and my designs were printed fairly large on the band kit and as a backdrop. I know this because I was there. However, I am not upset about this cheeky incident at all. On the contrary, I'm actually very flattered. To me this means I have done something right. Another band wanted a similar look and took my designs as inspiration. To me this means the designs caught the eye of the audience and fellow band acquaintances. I was honoured and it gave me a nice confidence boost in my designs.
Since this is such a small local band I saw little value in making a fuss of the situation and there would be very little positive results in it for me as there was barely any money in this for me to begin with. Had this been a large company of sorts, then the situation would have been fairly different.
I let it slide and take the pride as payment instead.