Inspired Design...

16 June 2009

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This post is old… It's probably been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the year. That probably means that there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any adivce is out of date and irrelevant. Or more likely, it was the wafflings of bored-past me with too much time on his hands. If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

Can someone explain to me the difference between being inspired by a design, and just completely ripping it off?  Where does taking one idea and using it in your design move into coping the design?

I'll use an example of our favourite company known for their design: Apple!  They are well known for their design, and have inspired many other designers to create slick and clean websites, however I thought I will just showcase a couple of the more inspired designs below!

Apple.com

GoG.com

Third Day.com

Ok, so these are are two extreme cases, however where does the line get drawn with using ideas in other people's design? When does it become acceptable or unacceptable?

Has anyone really had an original thought?

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