Saturday, September 20, 2008

Do You Know Me?

Correction: As Amy pointed out in the comments, yes, my name IS along the edge of the page. I hadn't noticed that before - perhaps because it's in teeny-tiny type. I'm sorry I didn't see this before, but it doesn't materially change my original objection, but in retrospect it does seem an error for me to write about this subject with such passion.
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14 Comments:

Blogger Sue said...

So is there an alternative yarn you might recommend for this sweater, Annie?

September 20, 2008 2:12 PM  
Blogger Rasa said...

Good question Sue!! Annie - rightfully upset - whether you were paid or not, you should have been given credit. As a knitter, I'd be pissed I didn't get any credit...the hours that are involved in knitting...it's unconscionable! A magazine about knitting should certainly understand that and be a little more in touch!

September 20, 2008 3:46 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I can honestly say that I can't think of a yarn I'd like to use more than Bel Canto for this - it's beautiful, a good price point and the sweater was designed for the yarn.

I just wish they could have been a better advocate for designers rights in getting my name on the design, too.

Perhaps they did - at any rate, it's a bad policy of the magazine (Knit N Style) NOT to publish the names of the designer along with the photo of the design.

September 20, 2008 3:58 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Ugh. I feel your frustration! I've made the mistake of selling designs to a yarn company without insisting my name is on the pattern. As a result, these free patterns are floating around cyberspace without my name on them, and serve as a reminder that in the future, I have to insist on name recognition. It often costs no money or very little to add that byline on a pattern...and it means a lot to a designer's future business. Good for you for bringing this up!

September 20, 2008 5:16 PM  
Blogger DeltaDawn said...

So ridiculous - I will say something when I see this slight happen from now on! I'm one of the lowly sample knitters and feel slighted not to see my name next to a magazine photo of sonething I've made, but I didn't do anything but follow the DESIGNER's pattern! What are these people thinking???

September 20, 2008 6:33 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Annie- Your name is on the main photo page, as are most of the other designers (albeit small) along the spine of the magazine. :)

September 20, 2008 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Margit said...

That's horrible! I completely agree with you.

September 20, 2008 7:11 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

You're perfectly right, designers should be credited especially in this context -- the sweater is being used to highlight the yarn not the other way around. Personally, I don't feel that teeny tiny print to the side that one has to actually look for is adequate. Attribution of product is important in all industries and for knitters we like to know who designed something so we can look for that designer again.

I find this happens a lot with artists in publishing too. The person who did the cover art of a book is usually not credited (in some genres this is reverse but on the whole try looking at the copyright page someday and find the cover illustrator or cover artists (the designer is usually mentioned but they often didn't do the art themselves).

Thanks for a thoughtful piece, Annie.

September 20, 2008 7:48 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Interesting. I agree... if it is your work, you should get the recognition. I personally am partial to certain designers. I like the way in which familiar designers, well, design. Many of the patterns by designers I know have similar styles and use similar techniques. I am more apt to purchase a magazine that I know and can easily identify an Annie Modesitt design... so personally, I think that it would benefit them and I don't understand why they can't see that.

September 20, 2008 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

When I read my issue, your name was on the page. I guess you didn't see it.

September 20, 2008 9:26 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I had no idea that yarn companies PAY THE MAGAZINE to have a design featured! Shouldn't it say somewhere on the page "paid advertisment"? If not, that really steams my shorts. I was never too crazy about the magazine you're ranting about, now I know why. And you'd think that a yarn company would want to shout from the rafters when a Ms. Well-Known-Designer/Book-Author likes their yarn enough to use it! It's just smart marketing.

September 21, 2008 7:52 AM  
OpenID mwknitter said...

As a consumer, it is very important to ME that the designer's name be included. I remember the days when they weren't & how frustrating it was to find I design that really spoke to me (particularly well designed, fit well, whatever) & to want more designs like that but to have no way to find other patterns by that designer. So this is one additional argument to make to the magazines & one that will, perhaps, carry more weight since it has the prospect of affecting their bottom line. I almost never buy that magazine because it often doesn't credit the designer & there is just something so galling about them taking money from both yarn companies & consumers & to not be more upfront about it (I knew that most of the designs come from the yarn companies & suspected that they were paying for having them included but didn't know for a fact).

September 21, 2008 11:22 AM  
Anonymous gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Well, that stinks. I'm a firm believer in get it in writing, no matter what, no matter who! I know we should be able to trust a verbal agreement but as a photographer, the missing credit & web address can mean the difference between paying the bills or scrounging for kids' lunch money!

September 21, 2008 1:10 PM  
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September 24, 2008 8:29 PM  

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