Blue Monster – coincidence, flattery or rip off?

‘s is famous for its cartoon , including the microsoft blue monster series – “”  

And once you create an icon – like the blue monster – it probably isn’t surprising to see it pop up in new places.  Like where one of its laptop bags has a definite resemblance to Hugh’s creation.  More cuddly and available in white, green, orange and pink as well as blue – this could be a coincidence.

Judge for yourself…

Hugh has a generally open approach to the use of his work  – but I couldn’t see any attribution for the laptop bag.  So, coincidence, flattery or rip off?

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

10 thoughts on “Blue Monster – coincidence, flattery or rip off?”

  1. Hugh – I prefer to think this is coincidence or flattery too.

    Anonymous – Maybe there is a touch of Cookie Monster too – although as it is a pc case, I wouldn’t recommend keeping the biscuits in there too.

  2. I dont really see it, other than they’re both blue and both monsters, but they dont look that similar. Hugh’s creation debuted in late October, 2006, but the original Barry’s Farm laptop sleeve went on sale in August, 2006! If anything, it would be the other way around, but I think there’s plenty of room in the world for more than one blue monster!

  3. Katie – when you start to think of it, there are many blue monsters around. Sulley from Monsters Inc is more turquoise, but might qualify.

    I can see a “family” resemblance between the gapingvoid and Barry’s Farm monsters – which maybe shows a “great minds think alike” zeitgeist around that time last year?

  4. I would love to believe Hugh’s claim that it is a coincidence (after all he’s one of us), but my money is on rip-off , sorry Hugh. That laptop case received a lot of exposure on blogs month’s before you came up with your version. And you clearly spend a LOT of time scouring other other blogs.

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