It would have been very simple to do and no one would have ever found out.
He could have taken someone else’s work off of the internet and used it for our own purposes (believe it or not, some people actually do that!).
Instead, our Instructional Technology Specialist asked me (the Designer) to take the time to create a graphic that was 11×11 pixels in size. That’s about the size of two match heads. (See below.)
The graphic is actually 810×11 pixels in size, but only 11×11 pixels of it contain any work at all. The rest of the graphic is white space. The process took about 40 minutes with all the edits and tweaks to make sure the final product was just right for our purposes.
This resonates with me because an inherent part of our mission is integrity.
So, what’s the big deal if we swipe a little bit of someone else’s work or copy another person’s work and just change it around a bit? People do it all the time and no one ever finds out.
The big deal is that if we did that, we would be failing ourselves and our mission. Generating content that is offered from a university raises even higher the standard of integrity that we choose to maintain.
“Swiping” = stealing.
The “molehill” of stealing a tiny 11×11-pixel piece of someone else’s artwork becomes a “mountain” because it degrades the reputation of the person who stole that work (not to mention the reputation of anyone who knowingly still uses that stolen work).
What else have they stolen? How many other times have they submitted someone else’s work as their own? Can you trust that person?
Time and Effort.
The end result of the tiny piece of work generated by our Instructional Technology Specialist and myself is a product crafted from original thought, teamwork and integrity.
The work of our team is the sum of the pieces submitted by different team members. This experience has taught me that we can be confident that even the tiniest of those pieces is original.
That little 11×11-pixel graphic is actually one of the pieces of work of which I am the most proud.