DID GOOGLE STEAL JJ’s IDEA?

In an attempt to build a stronger relationship with its developers, Google is inviting them to record videos and share their stories. In particular, Google wants to find out what inspires them and what being a developer means to them, in hopes of improving support and ultimately launching an online community specifically for developers.

The spot featured above promoting Google’s open source project immediately reminds me of JJ’s visual self presentation, which had a very similar do-it-yourself, pop-up card style. If I didn’t know better, I would say that Google stole JJ’s idea. However, it’s rather encouraging to see that the ideas and concepts we are developing in our Creative Thinking and Problem Solving class actually have a place in the real world.

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