Unbelievable rip-off of @DesignArmy's Hong Kong Ballet print ads by China-based washing machine brand Little Swan. https://t.co/2hbSg1XcWB pic.twitter.com/afjad2o01k— Tim Nudd (@nudd) February 5, 2019
Adweek has an interesting story on a local business that can sometimes fly under the radar because it's not a restaurant, bar, store, or performance space. Design firm Design Army (510 H St. NE, Suite 200) has called H Street home for years, and you have definitely seen their work even if you didn't recognize it (check out their Instagram @DesignArmy). The firm came up with an amazing campaign for Hong Kong Ballet, and then a Chinese washing machine company known as Little Swan pretty blatantly ripped it off. If you aren't a subscriber to Adweek you can sign up for a free account. You can also read more about the situation and see the images over at Campaign Brief Asia, which posted a story before Adweek, and also covered the Design Army campaign back in May of 2018 when it was first released.