I'm always amazed at how incredibly different the outcomes of a single design prompt can be when executed by multiple designers. For example, in one of my college design courses, my classmates and I were presented with the request to create a logo to represent a society promoting multiculturalism and leadership. It was a single challenge, but — when tackled by every designer in the class — it produced a shocking range of results. On one end of the spectrum was my submission, a colorful mark inspired by a fountain. On the other, was a classmate's wordmark created with an altered typeface.
Our submissions were each wildly original, but — because they were all attempting to represent the same society — they possessed unifying elements like similar overall aesthetics and color palettes. Therefore, they were strikingly different, yet somehow similar.
Similar, yet different solutions occur even when the situation is not controlled by the restrictions of a prompt in a college design class. Sometimes, a wide range of artists working independently of one another will draw inspiration from the same idea. Since the expertise of these artists is not limited to one field, the differences in their solutions become even more evident. Even so, unifying elements, brought about by the same source of inspiration, still exist. These different solutions by various artists employing diverse mediums end up looking like they allude to one another or that they belong to the same family.
Bianca Luini, an Italian fashion student, has dedicated an entire blog to finding these similar, yet different solutions. She does provide one restriction though — one of the solutions must be fashion related. Fittingly, she calls the blog Where I See Fashion.
It's always a little magical to discover a pair of these similar, yet different solutions and Luini's blog is certainly filled with magical moments. In each post, she compares an example of fashion photography with an unrelated image seemingly inspired by the same idea or feeling — this could be anything from a landscape painting to a photo of architecture.
Here are a few of my favorites: