Should I be flattered? Or annoyed? Is it worth being bothered? Or not? It was a student project after all.
I checked out the guy's site, his design work is pretty good, I really like some of his projects, so it's kind of a shame that he doesn't resort to his own design skills completely. Although he did add the legs to the main body, I don't know, maybe it's just a coincidence!
These I would certainly contact. (The e-mail is right there in the PDF...) This is a straight rip off, I don't care that it was a freebie for an organization. they even used the image of the speakerdog, but they cut off the ears....
Holy Smoke! (haha, literally). Thanks so much for showing us this! Another terrible rip-off, we're going to give them an email today, see what they say! There is constantly so much ripping-off, makes my wife, Fi, and I are constantly sick of it, not just in the paper toys but the illustration and design world too!
I'll let you know what they say, and also perhaps I'll show and tell a few more rip-offs later too!
More power to Shin's 'We Don't Need Fake' project!
Anyway. There is a reason I feel strongly about this stuff.
I too got inspired by Ben's Speakerdog. But, and I hope that I am right here, I was inspired by the shape, and didn't just stretch and maybe remove stuff.
My little devil has the speakerdog curves (Not that noticable in the photo, cheap paper version...) and has the same way of making ears (or horns in my case), The feet construction is also based on how the speakerdog has them.
Still I feel that it is different enough to show to people.
It's made out of one piece of paper, it has arms etc.