Lebanon UN creative copycat stolen from Israel


Client: Die Burger newspaper

Agency: FCB, Cape Town

Creative Director: Francois de Villiers

Copywriter: Marius Van Rensburg

Art Director: Anthony de Klerk

Photographer: Chad Henning

Featured in a book titled “Epica Book Twenty One, Europe’s Best Advertising”. Page: 250. ISBN 13: 9782-88479-106-9.


Title: UNable

Format: Poster

Art Director/Designer: Yossi Lemel

Client: No Client

Country: Israel

Year: 1995

Excerpt from the book “In this political poster, the artist chose a helpless, impotent turtle on its back to symbolize the United Nations )UN), after its ineffective attempt to resolve conflict in Bosnia.”

The above example is featured in a book titled “The Design of Dissent” by Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic’. Page: 33. ISBN:1-59253-117-2.


This is a photo i took of Mr. Mirko Illic the creator of the UNable artwork in Qatar while exhibiting his work and lecturing, more on this story The Design of Dissent in Qatar



Comment posted on the source: “Powerful images, and another testament to Lebanese creativity in communicating with the world throughout this conflict”.


Country: Lebanon

Year: 2006

Source: http://www.adblogarabia.com/un-campaign/


Lateral Thinking: When a low probability line of thought leads to an effective idea, there is a “Eureka” moment and at once the low-probability approach acquires the highest probability. – Edward De Bono. Excerpt from a book by John Townsend & Jacques Favier titled The Creative Manager’s Pocketbook. Page: 2. ISBN: 1-870471-69-5.


A copycat is a person that mimics or repeats the behavior of another. The term is often derogatory, suggesting a lack of originality. The expression may derive from kittens that learned by imitating the behaviors of their mothers. – Wikipedia.


Plagiarism: The abuse of another’s original work by copying it and passing it off as one’s own. As defined in Alastair Campbell book titled The Designer’s Lexicon. Page: 293 ISBN: 0-304-35505-4.


“Imitation is the sincerest form of thievery” excerpt from a book by Capsule titled Design Matters. Page: 84. ISBN -13:978-1-59253-341-1.

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