My sensations, they are clashing.
December 5, 2011 9:14 AM Subscribe
Am I obligated to share a design that I feel is very much mine?
posted by Chutzler to human relations (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's a bit complicated, so I'm just going to launch right into it. Thanks for coming - here we go!
So I spent the last academic year at a university that I no longer attend for financial reasons. I might make it back some day, and I'd really like to, but chances of that are looking slim to none.
During my time there I was a member of the school's club cycling team, and as cycle racing was something I had been doing for quite a while up to that point, I offered to help out in various capacities. This involved re-designing the team's "kit," which is the stuff you wear that bears the team's name, colors, and sponsors and so on.
At the beginning of this process, an art major friend (from the team) and I spent some time together over the course of a week or two sorting out what direction we wanted things to go. After that the effort was largely mine, as was the plan. We took a decidedly more "artistic" approach last year, and by that I mean that the kit referenced a moderately well-known artist's techniques. This was tricky, as translating those design elements to something that you wear while keeping things palatable was not easy. That, combined with securing sponsor logos (many of which needed from-scratch reconstruction in the design software to be used correctly) and other related wrenches-in-gears made things very difficult. I ended up taking this project home with me during winter break and finished about a week before Christmas.
Long story a little bit shorter, it was an assload of work and the stress was biblical. This isn't a complaint on my part, it's just a fact, and I more or less accepted that that would be the case when I offered to do the kit. At the end of the day, I feel the work is wholly mine, with deserved recognition to my friend for his occasional input.
Begin academic year 2011-2012. The team back at school have been working on a new kit design all semester and are apparently having a tough time of it. I've withheld my input since I'm not there and don't feel right dictating things that affect them more than me.
Yesterday, they began asking via email, facebook and text messages for the design files from last year's kit. I haven't responded to anything yet. Their plan is to modify the design beyond its original scope, that is, the design language of the referenced artist. This doesn't sit well with me at all. I'm incredibly proud of the work I did, and I feel that by sending them the files I'd be throwing all of that effort to the wolves. I don't know if they're just stumped and looking for a handout or if they're coming from another perspective. I'm not, however, looking to hold anything over their heads simply for the sake of doing so.
Am I wrong for how uncomfortable this idea makes me? Am I obligated to send them these files? My gut says no, my heart says "well, maybe," and my brain's at a total loss.
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