Miles Burke

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Category: Design

Design Thieves Part II

Leia with face paint by Meredith

So, the design theives I previously posted about, are now aware of the legal action that has started against them. I was aware of this by the fact the offending site was drawing a blank page for the last few days, and is only now back online, with a quick and rough redesign. That plus an email from them asking us not to proceed with legal action tipped me off.

Due to the legal situation, I’m not going to post the link, but if you are like me at all, and enjoy those ‘Spot the difference’ cartoon games you see in the weekend papers, you may get a kick out of these two CSS files;

Enjoy comparing the two files; and also note that every other HTML file was just as similar – an uncanny coincidence?

Image: My daughter, Leia, with butterfly face paint by Meredith.

Design Thieves

Factory in Midland

We’ve all seen examples of where someone has used so much ‘borrowing’ from someone else’s work that it moves from inspiration to plain old theft.

I’ve been lucky to date that there’s been some infringements, that’s for sure, but nothing overly obvious as to be an outright theft.

Well, that changed about a month ago, when I became aware of another website which was more than similar to the Bam Creative website. In fact, the offending website;

  • Uses a fair amount of the graphics I created
  • Uses the same colour schemes, fonts, type sizes and widths, etc
  • Uses our entire CSS file, including comments I left in there for fellow staff to follow
  • This site also has pages that match word for word what our sites says
  • Uses our HTML files, albeit with a few of our sections commented out
  • Uses most of our comments and meta data, without any change

The saddest part is that the offending website seems to have been produced by another web company, which I imagine, have charged the client for the work.

Whatever happened to professional pride and the desire to create your own design?

It makes me so angry when another person, who I would imagine sees themselves as a web professional, takes my hard work, image by image, word for word and rips off the entire thing.

It makes me even angrier to imagine that the client of this company has paid their hard earned money for their web company to be the laziest, dumbest bunch of misfits to go out and thieve someone else’s design and development work.

Now, it would fill me with joy to post the URL and details of the offending website, and the details of the loosely called ‘web company’ who did the thievery here, however I can safely say that at this point my lawyers have asked me not to.

That’s right; I’m not shooting off a polite email to the offenders asking them to remove the offending website, that’s too easy. Doing that will no doubt cause some embarrassment and an argument between the client and so-called designers, but it’s not really what these folk deserve.

More details soon – they’ll be aware that we know what they’ve done within the next few weeks, and that’ll make for an interesting post.

Image: Factory in Midland.

The Web 2.0 Secret Weapon

web2.0 - it\'s all about the colours man...

UPDATE: The Web.20 colours of 2007 have now been released! Click here!

We’ve all read more than enough now about web 2.0, and there’s a million blogs and articles about what a web 2.0 entrepreneur need to know/have/understand to make their new project the web’s next big ‘Killer App‘.

In order to sell to Yahoo!, Google or even get a mention on TechCrunch, you’ve got to have a web based app that’s the next big thing – add a heavy serving of AJAX, maybe use Ruby on Rails, or one of the squillion new code frameworks that have popped up in recent times, maybe have some form of tagging on the site, improve your usability over and over until even your grandmother can use it, and then….

Well, I’m here to reveal what the big 2.0 guys don’t want you to know, and have managed to keep quiet about it this long – it’s actually all about the colour.

Who cares if anyone uses it or not, as long as you attract investors or sell to the even bigger guys? What better way to attract them than a special concoction of RGB love?

I’m going to make it even easier for you budding entrepreneurs – I have grabbed primary or logo colours from some of the big names in 2.0 land, and placed no less than 70 colours into one scrumptious Photoshop Colour Palette file, for your downloading pleasure (2kb zip file).

This web2.0 secret weapon is yours absolutely free – now just mash those colours up, whip up some nice CSS goodness, whack a BETA button somewhere on it, and you’re on the road to riches.

Update (Feb 7): I’ve also got a JPG version for your viewing/downloading.

Image: Screengrabs of the web2.0 secret weapon.

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