1) When I started my internship, I had to go over some rules with my supervisor, and to to those who started the internship as designers, he had specific words for us. He made sure that we knew to not take other’s work for ourselves. However, we did not go over specific rules regarding copyright issues or other things that should be at the forefront of a designer’s thinking. This was probably because the company I was interning for was not a specifically designer internship; rather, it is a non for profit organization that hired design interns.
We did not work with clients because instead, we worked to make designs for banners and posters for the events that the company held. Because of this, I made sure to only hand in designs that I made on my own. Any images I may have used were only those that were provided by my supervisor. Because of the nature of the work we were doing, I did not have to worry about misusing the logo of the company without permission, nor did I use another intern or designer’s work for my own. This may also be the reason why I did not have to sign any nondisclosure agreements.
2) I can say that I did not use another artists in any professional design I made thus far. Other than a project that was meant to mirror Andy Warhol’s pop art style in high school, I did my best to only use what I learned in class to create my designs. What I have noticed in the Fairey Copyright case is that it was very incriminating of him to try and hide evidence, especially when he tried to defend his decision that his was an adaptation for art. Though the message of the ad was very important to people like myself who looked at Obama as a role model, it does not do well to know that the picture it was based on received no credit. I can move forward with my career knowing that I will not make the decision of creating a design based off of someone else’s work, and not crediting them.