Logo Copyright Poster

Top 100 Logos Copyright

This is a personal project that I have been working on. The poster features the (reversed) logos of the top 100 top global brands of 2009 as ranked by Interbrand, formed into the shape of the copyright symbol. The bottom right text says: “Good artists copy, great artists steal” ~ Pablo Picasso.

The idea behind the poster was to question the blurring lines between art, design and copyright. Can one just take a whole series of others work, put it into a new shape and call it art? Or is it design? I think Picasso’s quote also draws on similar thoughts… what’s the difference between copying and stealing? What is the secret to creativity? What did Picasso mean by this quote?

Anyway, you can interpret as you wish. The good news is that it is available as a free PDF under a Creative Commons 2.0 license. This means you CAN copy, print, distribute, display, and use this work for any purpose under the conditions that you give me credit for the work and that you do not make money from it.

>> Download A3 Sized Logo Copyright Poster (4.3mb)

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43 Comments For This Post

  1. Carson Shold Says:

    Wow, that’s awesome! Just found my new background!


  2. Unit B Says:

    Very cool indeed. Yeah, that may have to become a desktop pattern. Or just print and hang in my office space. Nice work.

  3. Design Informer Says:

    Very nice poster Jacob. Looks great!

  4. kosmar Says:

    interesting POV on the whole complex design/art/©/cc/commercial/notcommercial context. expressed so neatly.

  5. Eden Says:

    Love it! I wrote an article a couple months ago about that quote (although it was someone else I’d found who said it… hrm..) Great idea. Nothing beats thievery haha ;) Great stuff!!!!

  6. chris design Says:

    real cool

  7. Louai Alasfahani Says:

    I am sorry but i do not agree with Pablo Picasso – “Good artists copy, great artists steal” as i believe that “bad creatives copy and great creatives Create”.

  8. Bobby Says:

    Awesome concept and execution.

  9. John Says:

    Yea, I believe it was T.S. Eliot who is most famous for the quote you attributed to Picasso.

  10. Patrick H. Says:

    That poster is awesome!!!! Going to download a copy for me to hang up!!!

  11. Web Design Derby Says:

    Great work, defo going up in the office

  12. Thomas Green Says:

    My take on Picasso’s quote was that great artists steal the “essence” of the art that has come before them rather than stylistic forms. Put into a design context you could say that rather than borrowing visual style from other designers, a great designer ’steals’ the ‘essence’ of good visual communication.

  13. logoziner Says:

    brillent concept i like it!

  14. Nancy Raskauskas Says:

    Awesome poster. Hung it up on the wall and used it as a point of discussion with my graphics students.

  15. Christian Vuong Says:

    I just love the text at the bottom right. Too funny…

  16. Max Says:

    Really nice, just fun! I want this thing above my desk.

  17. yellowww Says:

    Like it :)

  18. andrea werbeagentur Says:

    nice poster. i like it.

  19. Manuela Jernigan Says:

    I love it! I’ll hang in my office

  20. rahul Says:

    wow good ……………………

  21. Java Nature Says:

    thanks for share… ^_^

  22. Steve Kim Says:

    There are many great logos of top companies.

  23. ACME Squares Says:

    You know, technically the CC BY licence you chose allows for commercial use with attribution :D

  24. fingerprint door locks Says:

    I do not agree with Pablo Picasso – “Good artists copy, great artists steal” as i believe that “bad creatives copy and great creatives Create”.

  25. Jelly Says:

    wow ><

  26. andy Says:

    This poster is a good idea. i like it !

  27. andy Says:

    i like it ! Thank you for the great post!!

  28. Graphic Design Singapore Says:

    Nice! I love the idea of this poster.

  29. Mistures Says:

    Good job, good finish, finally congratulations.

  30. Robert Says:

    Cool poster. Interesting topic too, I know someone who used altered versions of well known logos on T-shirt prints (i.e Juicy Root, instead of Juicy Fruit). He got himself into trouble from some of the companies who’s logos he had used. I always thought if there is a certain amount of change made, then it is not copying.

  31. mindxstudio Says:

    I like this idea, it’s make me cool and learn a lot.

  32. shahid arman Says:

    i love it and thank u 4 sharing me

  33. Shane Harwood Says:

    Very well thought out. I like it too!

  34. pooshda Says:

    Great poster!

  35. Logoswish Says:

    Great poster. thank you for sharing it.

  36. Web Site Design Says:

    This is good idea

  37. Abdul Basit Says:

    I like it

  38. vina ilagan Says:

    Great logo design!

  39. how to erase background image using coreldraw Says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other
    than that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.

  40. Amy Says:

    Cool idea for a poster!

  41. kreactiv design Says:

    I really appreciate for this great logo design . It’s amazing post you share with us. Thanks

  42. entertairment Says:

    this is so amazing free logo copyright poster ideas … thanks buddy

  43. Josh Says:

    These logos are great. Such a timeless look to them.

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