Is faking a form of being creative?
Creativity is that extra little magic that makes something a little special. It’s doing something differently and in an innovative way that gives pause for thought. Creativity can also be when you come up with a whole new way of doing things.
But what if you can’t come up with a new innovative way to do something?
What if you all you know to do, is already
Is there any hope of being creative? Or will what you come up with be considered fake because someone else already came up with it?
I read a story on forbes.com about a fake apple store in China filled with fake apple computers and gadgets. According to the story, the fake store was so original that the employees thought they indeed worked for Steve Jobs. Other than a few missteps –like putting the name “Apple Store” instead of just having the classic picture with the apple and misspelling the word “store” -, there is no way a regular customer would ever know they were not in the real deal.
Without getting tangled into the ethics of fake merchandising and the moral and financial dilemma this could present to Steve Jobs, the impressive manner in which creativity was applied in creating an entire store around fake products cannot be ignored. People involved in this obviously have committed to the art of faking which they brazenly display in their workmanship and with proven results being the customers and duped employees.
Creativity can simply be taking something that’s already being done and doing it in a way that works for you and your purposes. You don’t have to come up with something brand new. You can take the tried and true and meet a need that is not being satisfied, modify the idea and present it to those who need it.
Have a creative day won’t you?
- Fake Apple Store Pops Up in China (techeblog.com)
- Mother of All Knockoffs: Fake Apple Store Spotted in China? (techland.time.com)
- Fake Chinese Apple Store Looks Amazingly Real [Apple] (gizmodo.com)
- China not only fakes iPhones… but Apple Stores, too! (9to5mac.com)
- Fake Apple Stores open in China (digitaltrends.com)
- The ultimate KIRF: fake Apple Store spotted in China (engadget.com)
- Counterfeit Apple Stores begin to open in China (thenextweb.com)
- Boot up: Facebook’s MySQL meltdown, tech giants and patents, and more (guardian.co.uk)
- Entire Chinese counterfeit Apple Store (wired.com)