This is an exploratory project about open source design and intellectual property. The following short animation series puts forward different questions, and links to further resources via selected quotes. The project is based on my research into the current social, economic and technological state of how we exchange information and ideas, as well as my personal experiences as a designer.

sometimes when i walk into a gallery and i see someone's work, i think to myself, 'gee, i wish i had done that.

-richard prince

Every time a new design is widely copied, fashion’s most powerful marketing force kicks in: the trend.

-Kal Raustiala & Jon Sprigman

the idea of borrowing ideas is getting more complex everyday. Inherent in the modern definition of originality, though, is that ideas are extended, language expanded, and syntax redefined.

- William Drenttel

I transmit rather than create; I believe in and love the Ancients.

- confucius

Geniuses are manifestations of their time and place, and so is creativity.

-max haiven

unless creators can recoup the costs of their creations, their so-called costs of expression, they wont produce those creations in the first instance.

- William Fisher

I don't think the Beatles made their first album because they wanted to be charging 99p a track because they still own the copyright to it when they're all dead, They made it so they could shag beautiful women, take drugs, and have a fantastic time while they were young.

-paul mason

Adam Smith was convinced that human beings were by their very natures lazy, & wouldn't do anything unless you made it worth their while, and the way you made it worth their while was by incentivizing, by giving them rewards.That was the only reason anyone ever did anything.

-Barry schwartz

The emotional rewards craftsmanship holds out for attaining skill are twofold: people are anchored in tangible reality, and they can take pride in their work.

-Richard Sennett

For most of human history, musicians, artists, they've been part of the community. Connectors and openers, not untouchable stars. Celebrity is about a lot of people loving you from a distance.

-Amanda Palmer

These cartoons are my "children," of sorts, and like a parent, I'm concerned about where they go at night without telling me. And, seeing them at someone's web site is like getting the call at 2:00 a.m. that goes, "Uh, Dad, you're not going to like this much, but guess where I am.

- gary larson

Should someone move into your living room uninvited, you would feel justifiably aggrieved. So do those who have their ideas stolen.

-the economist



Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves.

- aaron swartz

“There has never been a time in our history when more of our “culture” was as “owned” as it is now. And yet there has never been a time when the concentration of power to control the uses of culture has been as unquestioningly accepted as it is now.

-lawrence lessig

when the wind blows, some people are building shelters and some people are building wind mills

- chinese proverb

The main contradiction today is between the possibility of free, abundant goods and information and a system of monopolies, banks and governments trying to keep things private, scarce and commercial.

- Paul mason

In other words, the success of capitalism required vigorous intervention from the state. (Greenspan himself would not fully understand the importance of this insight for some years to come.

-Stephen Witt



If you look at history, innovation doesn't come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.

- Steven Johnson

Nevertheless, artists still have one important role. The purported protection of their interests is excellently suited to passing more rigorous laws. It seems that most have not yet noticed, though, that artists are thus being used merely as a pretext for asserting completely different interests.

-cornelia sollfrank

I think we tried. But we realized that we couldn't go any further

- Ola Pettersson