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The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation

by Adam J. Kurtz

The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge

We’re constantly surrounded by creative work of all forms and it’s easy to pick a little of this, a bit of that, and use it to inform our own work. Honor the work of people that move you by being considerate as you take it in. Admire without appropriating. Dissect without duplicating. Be inspired! Find motivation in the work of others, then treat it with the respect it deserves.

Ultimately, the difference between inspiration and imitation is intent. Choose to be conscious of what’s been done, what’s happening around you, and what you’re choosing to put into the world. Find your own voice and the form that fits it best. We all get our start by imitating, but ultimately we’re meant to move on as we grow. Continue below for some more thoughts on achieving balance and making the most out of creative inspiration. –Adam J. Kurtz


The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
The Difference Between Inspiration & Imitation – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge

 


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Adam J. Kurtz Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author of several books including the international-bestselling 1 Page at a Time journal. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow @ADAMJK for more.

 

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Comments

  • This is brilliant advice – thank you for giving a great starting point for deeper exploration of the idea with my students!

  • “Don’t be a jerk.” Love that! Give credit where credit is due — to those whose original designs have inspired you.

    I can’t even type a recipe on to my computer without acknowledging where I got it from. Every single one has the name of the cookbook, magazine, etc where it came from — and even when I drastically change it to make it my own, I always put “Adapted from…”

    A contractor recently admired an art hanging system of my own design. When he asked (which was nice in the 1st place) if he could replicate it for his daughter, I said “Sure! Just give me credit for it.”

    I’m sure he will, unfortunately many wouldn’t. But Like Adam said “Karma is a bxxxx.” (Credit intended…)

  • Love this, Adam. When we move toward inspiration, we get closer to creating a life that is truly ours. Imitation can leave us feeling a bit hollow, and we never exactly achieve the same result that someone else has. Look around for great ideas, then try things. The goal is to be our best “us,” not our best “copy of someone else.” Thanks for the insights.