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.

Printed with: Allegro Print
Photography: Lisa Peh Jia Xian

Videography & Editing: Eugene Lim Ming Zheng

Research Assistant: Wu You


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.


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.

Communicator Awards 2020: Award of Excellence in Publicity Campaign
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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.

San Francisco Design Week: Award Winner 2020
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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.


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Social Impact

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


16 undergraduate students trained in preventing visual plagiarism at ADM

95% of all participants agreed that the workshop increased their understanding of the topic and provided an interesting and informative experience

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

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