There are lots of reasons people might want to look for an image on the web based upon similarity with other images. For me, I had created a new logo and wanted to make sure it was 100% original. Sometimes when I’ve made a logo in the past it has an air of familiarity and look of an established brand, even though it’s just been born on the Illustrator artboard. But you’ve really got to check, because you don’t want to give a client a logo which they will later, no doubt, find out looks just like some other company’s.
Sonoran logo, it's so good, can it be original?!?!
There are lots of design web pages illustrating this error, or plagiarism. Look at this one for example. So what do you do? I heard about an interesting new technology recently on a more geeky website. It described a new kind of search engine, not just a normal image search but you could search for ‘similar images’. A few weeks ago I’d already tried a web page that harnessed Flikr to find images of similar colours; the Flikr Color Selectr. This is a cool web page to browse but not useful for the purpose I set out at the beginning of this article.
There are a few alternatives I have found to address the wish for searching through images for similarity, unfortunately some of them are just previews and presentations about what they are going to do in the future;
Yes, exactly what I wanted! I had to make an account though, which was really easy. Then you upload the image and click the search similar button… In the case of the logo I’d designed(above) it came up with no matches! So I feel like it must be quite original. When I uploaded it I just uploaded the symbol from the logo, just to make it easier for the algorithm.
If you know any different, or if you know of better ‘similar image search’ engines please let me know in the comments section. Thanks, Mark.