The Felonious Bummer

John Van Hamersveld’sThe Endless Summer” poster,  a 60’s design classic, appears to have been “sampled” by the Gap (above). “This usage of  by The Gap Corp. is unauthorized,” rails Van Hamersveld in his email newsletter, “not licensed and certainly not paid for. It is stolen. They are crooks. No one can tell me that they had no idea this image existed and/or was designed by JVH and owned by Bruce Brown.”
He continues, “To add insult to injury for the first time in my experience the only way I can communicate with The Gap’s General Counsel is by a letter; snail mail to be exact. . . no calls allowed. . . All I have the power to do is tell you about this. . . make you aware of this practice and treatment of your friends and working artists. Oh if I could just use the words that are on tip of the tongue. . . but this is a family newsletter. ” 
Although the Gap image is not exactly the original poster, it does
borrow the basic high contrast motif, and more important, the color
palette. You be the judge, felonious bummer or summer homage?
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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