This is a common issue that every web designer and graphic designer will run into. They can save time by copying or what we call in the industry as ripping off an idea, “look”, or style of another website design. Of course, copyright laws prevent and help mitigate this problem but it’s common to see some design look like another one especially websites. Most likely they get a licensed copy to use someone’s work. The format is either navigation on the top or left side. You’ll even notice some of the same stock photos that is overused. So what makes a web design unique, stand out, look original, and what development techniques are important? The most important thing is visual. The photo. Always use nice images. Don’t be lazy. The next thing that is really important is the logo.
Being lazy is not an option but shit happens, you just want to get shit done and go home. But if see the image above with the nails or the food, it tells you how web design copying has gotten so bad that it’s becoming a bad copy of a copy. Do you notice these things in music, products, and life in general? If you are designing something, make sure you do it with passion, love and hard work. The moment you know are trying to copy it without even trying, give up. STOP. Good artists copy, Great artists steal.