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Cut and Paste: Preventing Visual Plagiarism

As part of the Research Integrity and Ethics Office’s objective to foster a culture of academic integrity within Nanyang Technological University, a workshop has been developed to review the issue of visual plagiarism. To support this workshop, print collaterals have been designed including, a booklet, posters, postcards, stickers, notepad and stationery kit.


This project has gone on to win 12 International Design Awards, including:

  • Winner of the San Francisco Design Week Awards 2020

  • Indigo Design Awards 2020. Gold in the Integrated Graphic Design Category

  • 26th Annual Communicator Awards; Award of Excellence 

  • Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design, professional graphic design category (Issue 60): Winner

  • The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Awards 2020: Award of Excellence

  • Graphis Design Annual 2021: Gold Award

  • The Spark Awards 2020: Platinum Award

  • International Design Awards: Bronze Award

  • Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design, Best 100 of 2020

  • The Good Design Awards 2020

  • IF Design Awards 2021

  • A' Design Awards 2021 Gold Award

Printed with: Allegro Print
Photography: Lisa Peh Jia Xian

Videography & Editing: Eugene Lim Ming Zheng

Research Assistant: Wu You

A PDF Press release documenting this project can be downloaded here:

The brief was to create a system which would appeal to young Singaporean designers, to guide them through an active learning pedagogy. Utilising the existing colour palette and fonts of the NTU brand, a strong red and blue theme is applied throughout. This is complemented by culturally appropriate imagery and rich, real-world examples of visual plagiarism, homage, pastiche and parody.


The notion of a cut and paste culture is present throughout and a secondary, juxtaposed theme of ‘copy cats’ is playfully illustrated; humorously referencing this common idiom and introducing a more palatable lightness to a somewhat serious topic.


SFDW Award

San Francisco Design Week: Award Winner 2020
Click here to see the Winners' Gallery!

San Francisco Design Week (SFDW), is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. The theme, “Where Innovation Meets Social Responsibility” was met by award winners from leading design firms, in-house teams, and creative individuals, who are honored today.


SFDW Design Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society. The Design Awards celebrates and recognizes exemplary work in all fields of design, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, communication design, and user experience design.


Twenty-four winning projects and Eleven honorable mentions were selected by a jury comprised of distinguished professionals, who reviewed submissions from an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants from USA Europe and Asia.


Communicator Awards 2020: Award of Excellence in Publicity Campaign
Click here to see the Winners' Gallery!

The Communicator Awards is the leading international creative awards program honouring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honouring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. The 26th Annual Communicator Awards received over 6,000 entries from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, In-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms, and public relations firms.

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an invitation-only member-based organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Generally, Excellence Winners receive a score of 90 or above and Distinction Winners receive a score of 70 to 89 out of a 100.


Indigo Awards: Gold Award (Integrated Graphic Design)

Indigo awards is a global design competition that is judged by a jury handpicked for their innovative contributions in the digital design world. The event is promoted globally to their vast network with the intention of looking for exceptional projects that shine with an uncommon artistry. RIEO Cut & Paste's branding, design and collaterals was awarded the Gold Award under the Integrated Graphic Design category in 2020.

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Creative Quarterly: The  Journal of Art and Design: Winner

The Cut and Paste project was awarded Winner in the Graphic Design Professional category for the international Creative Quarterly Journal Issue number 60. Creative Quarterly Journal is a renowned international journal focusing on promoting the best work in graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art. Each quarterly competition is open to artists, designers and photographers in all countries. Winners and Runner-ups are featured online with winners advancing to the 100 Best Show.


The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Awards 2020 - Award of Excelence

The UCDA Design Awards recognises the best of the exceptional design and creative work done by communication professionals to promote educational institutions.  The work will now be exhibited  at the 50th annual UCDA Design Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and catalogued to be aded to the UCDA permanent Design Collection Archives

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Graphis Design Annual 2021: Gold Award

This work now sits alongside other Gold winners such as Pepsi Co Design & innovation, The School of Visual Art USA, Marcos Minini Design, Superunion USA and National Geographic Society USA.

This juried award was selected by esteemed judges, Diogo Gama Rocha (Omdesign) from Portugal, Alvaro Perez (El Paso, Galería de Comunicación) from Spain, John Fairley (Curious Productions) and Gavin Hurrell (Turner Duckworth) from the UK, and Erin Mutlu (White and Case LLP), and Jared Welle (Ultra Creative) from the U.S.

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Spark Design Awards: Platinum Award

This work now sits alongside other Platinum winners such as IBM Automation Decision and Dell XPS Notebook Packaging

This juried award was selected by an esteemed jury including: Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO (Jury Mentor), Palo Alto, Oliver Berger, Global Head of Brand & Design Management, Sennheiser AG, Zürich and Chris Hacker, Chair of Product Design, ArtCenter College, Pasadena.


"This project is strong visually and conceptually. Visual Plagiarism is a serious concern in the design world and sadly, it is not taught well in school. Many graduate knowing the bare minimum about visual plagiarism, copyrights and license. Therefore, this project is great and could have a huge impact in designers' learning experience."

"Great topic addressing real need."

"The aim of this design is important and timely. In a world where one can access essentially anything at the touch of a button, the topic of integrity in design, and the positive approach is to be commended."

"What a great initiative."

"Love how it's both a teaching element and conceptually strong design too."

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Internatiobal Design Awards: Bronze Award 

The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognise, celebrate and promote exceptional design visionaries and discover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design worldwide. 


iF Design Award 2021: Winner

For 67 years the IF Design Award has been recognised as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services and the iF Design Award is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Winning designs were selected by a 98-member jury made up of international experts (practice and academic) with almost 10,000 entries submitted from 52 countries


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Information on conference:
Published Slides:

Book Chapter

As part of this Tier 1 funded research project, Reviewing the Prevalence of Visual Plagiarism Within a Visual Arts Context. A book chapter has been accepted for publication in the volume, ‘Creating Global Citizens through High Impact Practices in Education’. This volume is part of the series titled, Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (IHETL) Edited by Patrick Blessinger, and Enakshi Sengupta.

published by Emerald Group Publishing, UK, (Tentative Date for Publication 2023)

Featured in Books

Graphis Design Annual 2021

ISBN: 9781931241946

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published by B. Martin Pedersen, New York 

July 2020

Indigo Digital Design Annual 2020

Indigo Design Awards 2020 Part of the Marley Group

April 2020

Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design (Issue 60)
Edited by: Charles Hively

Printed in the UK by Pureprint Group

Published by Artisanal Media LCC


Online Features

Featured write up on academic blog from German professor, Debora Weber-Wulff

ASEAN ERC 2019: 1 Minute Research Pitch – Lisa Winstanley (Visual Plagiarism)

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Featured on NTU School of Art, Design and Media for winning Gold in the the Indigo Awards  2020

Cut and Paste feature on NTU ADM page
Cut and Paste feature on NTU ADM page

This research has facilitated production of a best practice guide for preventing visual plagiarism, which has been disseminated to all ADM 4th Year FYP students in August 2020

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