giving credit…
Posted in (blog)house news, photographers, street cred March 18th, 2011 by pia

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UPDATE: there have been many requests to buy the print – thank you! We’ll be looking into it this week – so hopefully by the end of the week (that being Friday March 25), we should have something available. Thanks again for all your support and positive attitude, it’s so wonderful to see so many of you enthusiastic about giving credit where credit is due. x


Have you noticed that image crediting on blogs has become a rather hot topic over the last few weeks? There have been some great posts about it from Chelsea at {frolic!} and Grace at Design*Sponge (who wrote three posts as part of her online etiquette + ethic series for biz ladies: here, here and here).

A couple of weeks ago Erin, Chelsea, Lisa, Nichole, Amanda and I started an email conversation about it, wondering if there was a way we could get the message across about the importance of image crediting in a fun and informative way. Because let’s face it, it’s a confusing topic that needs some serious clarification. In my industry, we are often talking about the lack of image crediting on blogs – there is very much a love/hate feeling for blogs with most photographers, stylists, art directors, editors and publishers. I, for example,  love the concept of tumblr but get so frustrated with the lack of crediting – countless times I’ve found a gorgeous image that I’d love to blog about but after hours of research still cannot find the original source. Not to mention finding my own images on there without credit.

We’ve already had some great feedback this morning on Grace’s post about the poster (thanks so much Grace!) and I’ve made some minor changes with those in mind, so what you see above is the finished poster. Also, some people have asked if the poster is for sale. We will keep you posted about that. Erin from design for mankind wrote a fab post about it today too,  and I love & agree with all she wrote. Erin has been a big inspiration in the making of this poster – from the colouring of her new blog design (which I adore!), to her funky style and funny, heartfelt words.  My dear friend Yvette van Boven let me use her incredible handwritten fonts, thank you sweet Yvette.

Thanks to everyone who has kept this topic hot over the last few weeks. I hope this poster helps to shed some much needed light on the subject and helps all to understand why it’s necessary to credit images. Please feel free to blog, tweet, tumble, or pin this poster  – we made it to share, so please do, merci beaucoup!


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  1. erin / dfm says

    oh i love you sweet pia. love, love, love.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  2. tammy says

    love it! thanks 🙂

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  3. Sharolyn says

    Great poster, informative and effective! (I do find the bottom half a little easier to read) Great tool, so I suppose it can be shared provided credit is given where credit is due…?? Thankyou!

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  4. pia says

    of course! everyone, please feel free to blog about this – if there’s one time you don’t need to ask permission before blogging, this is it! we made this poster to share so go for it, the more it’s out there the better. thank you!!

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  5. vanessa joie says

    gorgeous and informative.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  6. Suzi Poland says

    Pia, I love the chalkboard drawing look you’ve created. What about going one step further and regstering it under a Creative Common CC BY SA or just CC SA. Ths is such a great, simple internatonal system, to tell people upfront what they can do with your images. The more creatives who use it, the easier it will get for everyone. Just a suggestion 🙂 or visit their facebook page

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  7. Tomas & Jones says

    This is fantastic! Will definitely be using this, & sharing this.

    Fabulous job ladies!! Thanks so much 🙂

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  8. Marie @ etincellestudio says

    Totally supporting you on this, but how more complicated it gets!! especially if we have to ask permission and not just write the source below the image etc… but since I agree I think I am back to posting only pictures I am taking myself… which is a good thing too! and occasionally other’s who have agreed!
    Thanks for this! and a print would be lovely too 😉

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  9. Catherine says

    Amen Pia!!! I have been following the DS discussion. As a photographer its so frustrating to read blogs where images have not been sourced or credited properly. In fact one blog I like just rips images from wherever. I politely mentioned it and got a “yeah I’ll do that” but alas STILL no credits. Its totally turned me off said blog and I can’t bring myself to read it anymore.
    THANK YOU so much for bringing this important issue to light in an clear, creative way.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  10. rossana says

    Love it ! So much work and thought has gone into this creative project…I shall be sharing it on my Blog

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  11. eva vercauteren says

    Tumblr luckily worked a bit around the crediting and always adds the original source to it – automatically. The actual problem is that users often delete everything as they just want a series of “pretty images” on their blog without any text saying where the image comes from, etc. Same goes for several themes you can apply. I totally agree on the crediting, some users just don’t understand the importency of these credits.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  12. Julie says

    Thank you Pia, I find this very interesting and very important to share.
    I just shared it on my blog and I hope many other will too.

    have a great weekend.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  13. francesca says

    brave!!! this is a fantastic poster, and much needed! I shared it on my pinterest hope it gets noticed!

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  14. Ampersand Design says

    You guys rock! Thanks for creating this.

    I have blogged, pinned and tweeted this poster as I feel strongly about the issue too.

    Sandy K

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  15. Eva @ Four Leaf Clover says

    I’m so glad you all got together and decided to make this poster! I hope it gets on tumblr and all those sites and spreads like wildfire. Thank you!

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  16. Mollie Sash says

    Thanks for this very timely post. I am just tentatively dipping my toe into the wonderful world of blogging. As a designer I totally understand the need to keep control of how and where your images/designs are used. This is very informative and gorgeous. Would love to see a print of it.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  17. Mollie Sash says

    Love it. Very informative I will definitely be using it. I would love to see you do a print

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  18. TERI REES WANG says

    I confess, I am a serial show off.
    I do need to remember my original source notations.
    Cheers!…to a good reminder.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  19. Carrie says

    Very, very, very thoughtful post, thank you. Your chart is not only poignant, it’s also very useful. I really enjoyed reading Design*Sponge’s extensive coverage of the topic.

    March 18th, 2011 | #

  20. Diana Evans says

    great post~ I needed it!

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been looking for ways/methods to store/organize files without losing address/credits. (couldn’t find any blog posts on it! ;))

    I have tried hard rive folders- naming the image by location, type, etc.- but it turned into a mess…

    I have about 6000 images between my computers(dead and alive), phones, and blog that need sources. I love the Tin Eye site – it helped with a lot- THANK YOU!

    Also – Just checked out “ever-note” – excited to figure it out…..

    Do you recommended storing files (images) on hard drive in folders by “type” (bathrooms) or by “source” (blogABC)?

    Also- how can the following sites assist with crediting and storing images: flickr, tumblr, mozy, pinterest, etc.??

    I worry about spending hours looking for my photos, but also trouble finding a place to store the link/source, photographer/designer/decorator, etc.

    Sorry for the 232352908 questions!


    March 19th, 2011 | #

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  23. Cherri Porter says

    Love it! Can you make the whole think a darker gray because the top is hard to read. Thanks!

    March 19th, 2011 | #

  24. Tara Bradford says

    Well done, you! x

    March 20th, 2011 | #

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  26. pia says

    thanks everyone! it’s wonderful to hear your feedback and positive attitude toward giving credit where credit is due. Thanks so much for all the reblogs & retweets!

    For those who are interested, we’ll be looking at a printable version for sale this week, so please check back toward the end of the week for more info.

    March 21st, 2011 | #

  27. Virginia says

    I came from Nichole’s wonderful blog. I love your poster and feel the same way. Now that I found your site I must tell you that Paris Made By Hand is one of my favorite books. I tell all my Paris loving amis about it. I have visited a few of the shops and want to find more. YOur work is amazing. I think you must love Paris as much as I do. I will be back here often to see more.

    March 21st, 2011 | #

  28. dave says

    Getty stock images owns – was this funded by them? Seems like a viral advert to me.

    March 21st, 2011 | #

  29. mingapunga says

    wonderful poster

    March 21st, 2011 | #

  30. Pistachio says

    Thank you for posting this! I am going to re-post on my blog. I really think it is important to be responsible for credits!!!!

    March 22nd, 2011 | #

  31. LaWendula says

    This is a great poster and a great topic too!
    When I was new to blogging, I always asked for permission, when I wanted to blog something, but unfortunately I got no answer at all (from 80% of the owners), so I ask others about it: How do you do this? And they said: “Don’t worry about it, just post it.”
    So sometimes I do, always with a bad feeling. Always given credits and linking of course. I was asked only twice to take a picture out of my Flickr Mosaics. And I did.
    But still this issue worries me. Also because I don’t know what the rules in other countries are. (I’m from Germany)

    March 22nd, 2011 | #

  32. Kim Welling says

    THANK YOU for making this poster! As an illustrator I often see my work being posted on tumblr, blogs etc. without my name or anything. I love it when people want to share my work with others but it is frustrating when they do not link back (and even admit they will try to make the item themselves!!!) This is a big frustration so I’m so happy it is a hot topic these and that you suggest some ‘rules’.

    March 24th, 2011 | #

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  35. Loginer says

    “Infringer isn’t a word…”

    ‘Tis, actually. That’s my only little peeve with this poster.

    April 6th, 2011 | #

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  38. Grace says

    Hi, thank you for this great infographic. I first came across it a month ago during my obsessive phase with Pinterest and Tumblr. It struck a cord as I was getting tired of looking up the original source of things I wanted to pin or reblog. I included it in a post I wrote today about copyright and plagiarism, thanks for letting us share it. I think it really gets to the thrust of things. Best wishes

    April 26th, 2011 | #

  39. Vanessa says

    Well written and well done! x

    May 3rd, 2011 | #

  40. Rob says

    Really interesting! I agree with all the above, so what’s the answer? Has the horse already bolted? Is what you are asking for unrealistic, despite being desirable? How do large corporations prevent unauthorised image swiping? If you choose to allow image use, is it be possible for images to include a fixed and easily identifiable ‘digital identity’ or link back to the creator? Food for thought.

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  43. Agata says

    Thank you for this important poster! I’m a new blogger, so I was not sure about how it all works, now I know, what to do!
    Thanks a lot, I will put the poster on my blog too.

    Your blog is just so beautifull….
    and are you going to be in Holland for the new book?

    June 9th, 2011 | #

  44. J.W. Hamner says

    For most blogs, I think the easiest thing to do is only post your own stuff or Creative Commons licensed pictures. In Flickr’s advanced search you can just click a check box for it, and it will automatically put attribution in the alt-text and link to the photo. If you just want a picture of a tomato to illustrate your post about the plight of tomato workers or whatever this is really the easiest way to go. Obviously you are writing from a design perspective, but I was surprised you didn’t even mention that option. Cool flow chart though.

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  47. Heather says

    While asking permission of a photographer is a MUST. PLease keep in mind photographers are trying to make a living just like everyone else and don’t be surprised if we request payment for image usage. Keep in mind photo credits are a dime a dozen, do not feed our families,pay our bills and keep us able to afford the expensive equipment. It was actually quite common with magazines and blogs should be no different. Images set the tone and help sell the magazine or blog. Anything less of asking is a copyright infringment.

    August 6th, 2011 | #

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  50. Cathy Crawley says

    This is brilliant! Thank you from photographers all over the globe 🙂

    January 23rd, 2012 | #

  51. Ms says

    This was informative so thanks so much for that, it’s clear you’ve put some effort into this topic. However, I’m still a little confused. Isn’t the point of sourcing to say “this is where I found the image I’m using” even if it isn’t directly from the person who took the picture? I don’t understand why Fumblr, Pinterest, WeHeartIt etc. isn’t a reliable source? Typically, even if you click the link to find where that person pinned it from, it still isn’t the original source. Not only that, but if you have to spend infinite amounts of time being an online bounty hunter and then you do successfully find the source, putting up all the names you suggest like photographer, stylist, art director etc. seems like it’d end up being longer than the actual post itself. I’m all for not ripping people off and giving credit to people’s work. I also fully admit I’m new to this online world so I’m out of touch but I guess I’m just perplexed as to why writing honestly and innocently where “you found the image” isn’t acceptable? If this is the case then shouldn’t Pinterest be getting hit with endless lawsuits for not properly sourcing all the images shown on their site? Very few of the images displayed there are linked back to the actual source. Thanks for the tips and hopefully you can shed some light on my confusion 🙂

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  52. mary dougherty says

    love it! such a good reference for everyone and helpful reminder in this digital age. thanks for sharing and I’m going to pass along on my blog as well.

    April 10th, 2012 | #

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    I often find hard to explain to other why photo crediting is so important. It’s going to be much easier to let them read this post instead of arguing with them all the time…

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