shout out to the guy who left half of your face in there.
LOL! Yeh, I guess he must have forgotten to change it to his own face ;-)
Hah not only did he copy the website, his logo is a blatant ripoff of the USC Trojans!
Yeah I gotta say, imitation is the highest form of compliment but this goes way beyond that. Ideas are abstract, and taking inspiration is kind of vague, even if the concept is identical. But assets are your actual work, and taking them is outright theft.
There is a quote that goes:
"You shouldn't worry when your work is copied, worry about the day when people stop"
I love how you start with the more "traditional" ones and progressively devolve into the weirdness.
BIRD, PLANE OR MEGA DESIGNER?
Bird I guess...
Whilst it can be flattering to see your work copied (especially if you stumble across it), I think the real problem with this is that some of the ones that have completely ripped it are using it to sell creative services. If I think their portfolio site looks great and pay them to design and build one for my business, how am I supposed to know they aren't just going to outright steal someone else's work for that as well?
Haha!! This is excellent. Love how all of them are shittier than yours, too X-)
Lol, some are pretty "creative."
I think "bobby" needs to reconsider his brand. He looks like he's more likely to shoot up a school than make a website.
How did you know?
Other designers sent me the websites through twitter and email over the years. I also found some via Google searches too as the code was the same in many cases.
The first few are definitely rips.
The later ones, I'm not so sure. The split slider thing is a fairly obvious thing to do when you're trying to show two things (there are about 1000 individually coded ways to do it on codepen), especially "Hey i'm a designer and also a dev!!!" and a face is, well, not new with portfolios.
Agreed. The idea definitely isn't new (in fact it's over 6 years old now). I'm not saying that I own the half-face concept at all. It's been done before in a number of different ways and that's cool with me.
These are just some sites that might have been inspired by mine and I thought it would be interesting to share the story :-)
That half photo/half paint concept is great though! Very well done. On a side note, could you update the Twitter logo on your page? :)
Thanks for reminding me ... I haven't got around to updating the twitter logo :-)
You gotta be a pretty shitty designer/coder if you have to go and rip off someone else's design AND code. By all means take inspiration, but some of that is straight up ridiculous, haha.
What do these people do when they get hired to design websites for clients? Just rip off more work?
These are straight up copies, would love to see somebody steal the idea! Great artists steal. ;)
You can be proud Adham! So many copies of your portfolio website design and there is no one at all who comes close to your quality of design. It is a shame that they even copy the navigation, the thumbnail design and even YOUR painted face!
I think every designer "copies", or at least get inspired by... But if you do, do it in your own style and make it even better then the original, in my opinion. The copies at your article make me laugh :)
Thanks Dirk, yep I agree. We've all borrowed ideas from other people and I think it's great as long as you make it your own :-)
A proud moment for you. World just wants more of what you have created. Cheers.
hmm nice idea. Count me in :)
I love the one that touts himself as the "creative visionary."
My former company had the pleasure of designing & building a site for Madonna - a few months later we got word that a Russian rock band had not just copied the site, but used much of our JS and other code. Compliment indeed...
I feel what's most interesting here is that some of the "copies" are actually "copies of copies".
Some of these are for real straight up copied, not even the slight notion to change colors or anything. And I have to agree to a shout out to the guy who did leave your face in his as well.
I'm afraid I didn't read, but scrolled through. Which was enough to entertain me. A funny & well collated collection of people who liked your site design quite a lot.
Jonathan Ive takes a very different approach to imitation, copying and theft of design: http://youtu.be/ef69BUlge-A?t=18m45s
I guess it really depends on the context. I'm not saying that I condone plagiarism as I know that it can have adverse effects on designers and their work. In my case, however, I'm not affected in a negative way so I'm not bothered by it.
I see where you're coming from in terms of it not having a negative affect on you directly.
Is there a little bit inside you that feels cheated because you spent the time thinking about the concept and design just for it to be taken and reused?
My worry would be that somebody could hire those other people on the merit of their portfolio design, when really they lack their own vision.
Love the concept of your design by the way.
Thanks Luke. Of course I feel a bit cheated when I think about all the time and effort I put into creating my site. Knowing that another designer is using it for their own personal/business gain isn't cool and I feel sorry for clients on the receiving end of copied work. I guess that there are pros and cons in every situation, I'm simply choosing to concentrate on the pros :-)
lol I would love to see something like "Top 5 designer portfolios to check out" and then see how many copies come from those 5! But yes, i'm glad you see it as flattery :)
That would definitely be interesting to see :-)