SIMON FOSTER

Get Your Swag On

Feb 25 2012

Get Your Swag On

If you fol­low me on twit­ter you may have seen that a lot of my web design work has been get­ting ripped off lately. Through the won­ders of my Gauge sta­tis­tics I’m able to see when some­one has stolen my code and used it in their web­site. So far this year it has hap­pened about 10 times, from the com­pletely bla­tant rip off to the more sub­tle steal where the design has been changed a bit but the Gauge track­ing code left in (and most of the class names and title attrib­utes left the same).

I’m not going to go through all of them as I’ve already named and shamed all guilty par­ties on twit­ter and sent emails etc, but I will show a few that are pretty bla­tant just for the fun of it.

Kotedia.com

Kotedia.com — done by me.

Omkaar Kotedia

www.barbarasi.it — not done by me but by those upstand­ing fel­lows at ideestorte.com, notice any similarities?

Design Theft

In Motion

In Motion — done by me.

In Motion

Vision Call Ser­vices — not done by me (though please notice the “improve­ments” to the iconog­ra­phy* and logo)

Design Theft

Bones Brigade DJs

Bones Brigade DJs — done by me.

Bones Brigade DJs

Sun­day Best — not done by me but copied whole­sale by Andrew Der­mont

Design Theft

So how do I feel about all this?

Well as you might imag­ine I am a lit­tle peeved at it, on the one hand it is flat­ter­ing in a way to have peo­ple copy your work, but on the other hand it is theft and it is quite sad that oth­ers in my pro­fes­sion have so lit­tle regard for their own craft and for another design­ers work. It’s hardly the end of the world I know espe­cially when you com­pare to some of the things that are going on around the world right now but it is some­thing I’d like to stop, mostly because it’s just lazy and I work hard at my job and don’t really want other peo­ple to take any credit for work I’ve done myself.

So any­way I’ll leave you draw your own con­clu­sions, but if you feel like giv­ing any of the guilty par­ties a hard time on twit­ter, please be my guest.

*Some of the nav­i­ga­tion icons for the In Motion site were taken from the fab­u­lous noun project, the social icons are part of the social media icon set by Gedy Rivera.