What is the etiquette on copying design??
Jun 06, 2017
Hey everyone - I've been very busy this year working on developing my own Articulate Storyline course starter templates that I will eventually put up for sale.
So, I have spent a lot of time looking at all sorts of e-Learning examples and using what I consider the best elements of some of these examples in my designs - we all do this, right? However, in doing so, I have been super conscious of not blatantly "copying" the designs of others, but developing my own design from the concepts - so none of the templates I'm producing will be reognisable from the original designs I've used for inspiration.
At the moment I'm working on a somewhat generic "scenario" slide - and in my search for inspirational images on the Internet, I came across an image that looked very familiar to me.
When I followed the link I found that someone has not only copied pretty much screen for screen one of my scenario designs that I put a lot of work into from scratch (and sought and received feedback on from this community in this discussion and entered into this weekly challenge over a year ago), they have also copied the navigation and colour scheme, and unbelievably taken the content and pretty much used 90% of the wording I created in my scenario in theirs, including using the exact topic I based the scenario on.
It appears that this has only just gone up on their website in the last few weeks. They are releasing this as a "freebie" at this link here, promoting scenario-based design and their custom e-Learning services: http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/custom-elearning-development-top-5-considerations-for-building-interactive-scenarios-for-elearning/
I feel annoyed and very tempted to challenge them about this and add a comment to their web page.
Obviously they are members of this community, which has shocked me as I have found everyone here very respectful and talented in their own right - I don't consider copying others is a talent!
What would you do in this scenario?!!