Rip – White on top, charcoal black below

eric-taylor.com ripped

Well this is pretty much the design. I really love the contrast of white on top and charcoal black. To the right under “pixellife” I will have the highlight content, downloads, projects, for easy access and noticeability. “Freshness” will hold short clips of just what ever. “Sourapples” is just some of my favorite links. […] The city below was added to give a little more flavor, to use up some space, and to help make a transition to the charcoal bottom.

Eric [http://eric-taylor.com/], we think just like each other! Except, here’s the problem, you were looking around for coders to re-create something that you claimed to have designed yourself. Tsk tsk. Not too honest a move there. Kind of rains on your parade when people start to recognize chunks of “inspiration” drawn directly from another site right? Click above for a full preview. The original draft inquiry was removed after I offered free consultation on what not to do when creating your online presence from scratch. Thanks for the tip Mr. Anon.

My original 2006 Reboot can be viewed on Flickr.

Discuss - 31 Comments

  1. Eric says:

    I am sending you the PSD, I’m sending you the first draft one to prove it to you, but im not going to send my new drafts.

  2. Derek says:

    I feel like I’m beating a dead horse. You line up Eric’s work next to mine and great majority are going to say, “wait a minute, that looks just like Derek’s”. From the text formatting and presentation, 3 / 2 column layout, sub archives, etc. Stop denying this. I didn’t say it was criminal, but it sure as hell isn’t original or his own. Deny all you want, but the smallest details are obvious and much too noticeable to ignore.

  3. Eric says:

    Ya, the first draft does look alot like your site. I agree, and I’m not one to steal anything, thats why its a draft, and thats why there are more drafts, and the newer ones are far from your site. By the way, the PSD is sent.

  4. Derek says:

    [quote comment=”5532″]Ya, the first draft does look alot like your site. I agree, and I’m not one to steal anything, thats why its a draft, and thats why there are more drafts, and the newer ones are far from your site[/quote]

    Far from I’m sure. Remove my pics from your “working” drafts.

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  5. Eli says:

    It is obvious to me (and I think everyone else) that actual code was lifted, then modified.

    [quote comment=”5534″][quote comment=”5532″]Remove my pics from your “working” drafts.[/quote]

    And is also quite obvious from the screenshots that the design was nearly identical.

    The action of viewing and dissecting Derek’s proprietary code (I don’t see Creative Commons rights listed, but there IS a Contact form in the footer) is not the issue. However, pasting it anywhere public-facing crosses the line. I’m sure any designer would be flattered to know that someone is examining his/her coding prowess in an attempt to learn and better themselves…but nobody likes to see their effort of much hard labor paraded around like a new trophy girlfriend.

    You are quick to take credit for the design, and do a bang-up job on the ‘color commentary’ overview of the site:

    [quote]”Well this is pretty much the design. I really love the contrast of white on top and charcoal black. To the right under “pixellife” I will have the highlight content, downloads, projects, for easy access and noticeability. “Freshness” will hold short clips of just what ever. “Sourapples” is just some of my favorite links. […] The city below was added to give a little more flavor, to use up some space, and to help make a transition to the charcoal bottom.”[/quote]

    You are, in essence, attempting to profit (if not financially, then just attempting to parade around in the aforementioned facade and gain respect/credibility) from someone else’s work without their permission. And that’s bad.

    Off the top of my head. I would guess 5ThirtyOne gets a few thousand unique hits each day…I would also guess that at one time or another a good portion have tried to draw some inspiration from Derek’s clean and thorough work. But you don’t see 20 or 30 ‘copycat sites’, do you?

    There’s a reason for that – something called PRIDE. My advice: Use a publicly available theme, and pick apart the code as you see fit in your bedroom. When you create something truly yours, show it off!

  6. Eric says:

    I don’t understand why your all crying like little babies. It was a draft. It has never be implemented, nor has it even been coded. The draft that 5thirtyone.com as obtained is the first draft. I now am on the 6th. The sixth isn’t even comparable to this site. Drafts 1-3 have things pretty close the same, but 4,5, and 6 are all different in there ways.

    You all need to just take a deep breath and relax. Your all getting fired up over something that hasn’t even been implemented at all.

    “You are, in essence, attempting to profit (if not financially, then just attempting to parade around in the aforementioned facade and gain respect/credibility) from someone else’s work without their permission. And that’s bad.”

    lol. Sure it is, if it looks the same, but my design only has one, ONE simulatiry, and thats the white on top, and black on bottom. You can’t say I’m “copying” just because of that.

  7. Derek says:

    You continually fail to see the error in your design thought process.

  8. Eli says:

    [quote comment=”5599″]I don’t understand why your all crying like little babies. It was a draft. It has never be implemented, nor has it even been coded. The draft …[/quote]

    If it was ‘never implemented’ i.e. put on a public-facing site, there would be no screenshots to prove it.

    Nobody here is crying like a little baby. You, in fact are flawed in your thinking. Admit your error, and move on.

  9. Corey says:

    hey Derek, I think you might be interested in seeing his new design and its similarity to this creation on deviantart

    man, he sure has no ideas for himself

  10. Derek says:

    Well I hope that at least some credit went to the respective author of that piece.

  11. Jeremy says:

    Wow. It was to my thinking that he wasn’t too bright, but after reading his claim that the black on the bottom and white on top are the only similarities, I’m more inclined to think he’s straight up simple.