Although I am not professionally active as a designer any more I still get upset when I see a design VERY similar to my own on another company's product.
Last summer I was playing around with some block printing and created a pattern that I was happy with and in time wanted to develop into products (see images above). As I am busy with many other fun things at the moment I am approaching design and product development as a fun side project which means it moves along very slowly.
Today I was looking for small percussion instruments (to use in my work as a teacher) on Afroart's website when I came across a cushion cover with a surface design that was almost identical the one I designed last summer. It's not just the + pattern but also the scale, placement and colour way that are almost identical. Is it a coincidence?
I have contacted Afroart who said that they would forward my concern to those in charge. I was looking forward to using this design in this colour way but as Afroart products are available in lots of Swedish shops I will be the one who looks like a rip off.