What is the correct way to say that something was 'created by the idea of someone else...' For example, if John Doe came up with an idea and I developed it into a project, I would say:

This project was ___________ [created by the idea of] John Doe.

But Google gives only two results for the exact search of "created by the idea of": https://www.google.ca/#q=%22created+by+the+idea+of%22&*

... which probably means that I am wrong (that this is not correct).

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    As a rule, ideas don't create projects - creation is something people do. You'd find more hits for something like was developed from an idea of John Doe's or ...using John Doe's ideas. Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 17:50
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    Do you mean that John Doe had the idea and created it, or John Doe had the idea and someone else created it?
    – Barmar
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 18:28
  • @Barmar Someone else created it.
    – PeraMika
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 13:22
  • The project is based on an idea from John Doe.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 12:16
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    I think it depends on the field of your project. For example, in the film industry it's not uncommon to give credit as "based upon an idea by John Doe” as part of the writing credits. Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 12:32

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The project was first conceptualized by John Doe.

Conceptualize Form a concept or idea of (something)

Also for a more 'project' orientated definition:


The ability to invent or formulate an idea or concept. The conceptualization phase of a project occurs in the initial design activity when the scope of the project is drafted and a list of the desired design features and requirements is created.


This project was inspired by John Doe.


inspire verb
2. [usually passive] inspire something
to give somebody the idea for something, especially something artistic or that shows imagination

His paintings were clearly inspired by Monet’s work.


We could say

This project was John Doe's brainchild.

This means the idea came from his brain, that is to say, he thought of it.

Here is a link to brainchild in the Oxford dictionary.


In the academic humanities we tend to use conceive:

The modern notion of dialectic was conceived by Hegel.

And popular media and advertising employ a word derived from the Latin passive participle of the same root:

Concept by John Doe.

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