If you’ve had someone steal your business or design ideas in the past, this title may irk you a bit. However, there’s no need to worry, since we have no intention of blatantly stealing design ideas and passing them off as our own. The basis behind stealing ideas has deep roots in the history of artists and creators, as shown by Mark Twain who once mentioned that “all ideas are second hand,” or with Frank Lloyd Wright who’s old work looked remarkably similar to that of his mentor Louis Sullivan.
In theory, every idea you have is going to include bits and pieces from the inspiration you pull from as you grow your design business and improve your design skills. In fact, if you fail to find mentors, or at least people to aspire to, how can you avoid blatant design mistakes and achieve your own style?