PRIVATE: U2 ALBUM COVER…HAVE I SEEN THIS BEFORE??

January 17 2009
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you're still looking at this??
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who cares!?!
this post was intended, half in jest, for the 300 faithful readers of my blog to show them that something we had done was just done by a band as massive as U2.
aren't there more important things to worry about now? stop wasting your time here. go do something that matters.
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zzz
* (edit) i should note that it seems people are focusing on the phrase "rip off" which, in hindsight, was the wrong word to use. as a "rip off" by definition implies intent (and i don't believe there was any intent). "rip off", it seems, can't be done unless U2 was aware of our cover.. which, i highly doubt they were… maybe if i wrote "strikingly similar" it would have been better and no one would have cared. at this point, i don't, and i've got to get back to work!
ok, come on people (meaning, U2/et al.) do some research before you release an album cover….
for those who don't know what i'm ranting about, U2's forthcoming album "no line on the horizon" is nearly an exact rip-off* of mine and richard chartier's "specification.fifteen" which came out a couple of years ago. both covers feature a photograph by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. "specification.fifteen" was created directly in conjunction with Sugimoto and his retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. so.. before you let people run off about how "cool" the new U2 cover is.. show them ours first… :)
(EDIT/ADDENDUM BELOW)
since most links will probably land directly on this page, i thought i'd add in my final comments on this from yesterday's post that may get overlooked:
ok.. having tired of this whole "controversy" (it's not really that controversal, is it?) within 24 hours…
let me just put it to rest by saying my initial surprise over this whole thing was from a graphic design point of view… that perhaps Sugimoto himself, being aware of our cover, or U2's designer could (maybe) have suggested a different photograph or perhaps a different layout direction. at least, that's my opinion, coming as a graphic designer myself.. i try not to design things that are too close to something else out there (if that's possible).
i never suggested there was any LEGAL issue here (both parties had legal permission).. so put those comments to rest.. and please, if you want to read more read BOTH SIDES of the arguments in the thread below. there are valid points made on both sides.
this minor ordeal has become more a question of a project that was small, intimate and experimental (and the chance of a lifetime for a small artist) vs. the massive pop culture machine. in the end we all know who wins. so i'm going to shut up now.
PS: commenting has been closed as i don't want to drive an abnormal amount of traffic to the blog.
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