If you're tapped into the surface pattern design community online, then chances are you've heard of Rachael Taylor. Rachael is a UK-based designer who is probably recognized most for her whimsical, loose modern patterns, as well as for her popular e-course "The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design." In addition to her success as a designer and e-entrepreneur, she's also a consultant, lecturer, and writer.
Rachael definitely seems to have a charmed life and career, but she hit a speed bump recently. She is currently grappling with something that we designers will likely face at one point or another: the infringement of her work. The following interview with Rachael on the Design Juices blog discusses this distressing situation and provides a cautionary tale for artists and designers everywhere.
It's interesting to note in the interview that Rachael used Twitter and social networking in her fight against the accused infringer. It just so happens that SPDG's September meeting will be focusing on the topic of social media and how artists can leverage it for their careers. Rachael's case will be a fascinating and timely twist for us to add to our discussion. Please be sure to join us then!
And, GO Rachael! We hope your situation ends the way you want it to.