Globalization, and an open-source mentality have changed our thinking almost overnight about what constitutes a copy versus an original. Copying not only has legal and cultural repercussions; it bears on moral and psychological issues as well.
Fear of Being Copied
Every art or design student has likely had some fear of being copied, or that what he creates is actually a copy of somebody else's work. No designer likes to hear, “your work is exactly what designer x did in the mid nineties (or something similar).” The fear that an idea, form, or material will be stolen by another has the same foundation as the fear that one is “stealing“ (from?) oneself. This fear is completely understandable: the uniqueness of a creation is being threatened by the possibility that someone will copy it. And uniqueness--or call it originality--is at the heart of western European creativity.
Design Education is a growing sector. In Western Europe the amount of Master studies in design is on the increase. In Eastern Europe, India and China the amount of Bachelor studies is growing and the amount of students per school or studio are growing as well. Besides the numerical growth, the Design-field is widening as well: New fields of design emerge on an ongoing basis. One can think of social design, interaction design, service design and design thinking. These are all sectors of the design field for where studies are being developed or will be developed. More and more different schools have a design related study in their curriculum, design is being taught in both technical-, managerial- and artistic schools and Universities at all of levels. Lucas Verweij initiated a roundup in corporation with DMY and the Dutch Embassy