• # February 16, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Hi, I was thinking of redesigning my site and make it like the “Windows 8” start screen. Same colors probably, metro tiles, and layout. It’s 99% the same.

    My concern is about the copying/stealing thing.

    So what do you think, is it OK or its a big NO NO.


    # February 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

    > My concern is about the copying/stealing thing

    I think you answered your own question.

    # February 16, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Yeah, I thought so.
    Anyway, I came across this site on google. So maybe I could use metro-style but not totally make it like the windows 8 start screen.


    # February 16, 2013 at 7:56 am

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    If you are concerned about copyright… I think you still can use the (animated) tiles, layout and colors, just don’t make it 99% the same but give it a bit of your own.

    That said, check this out :P (something I found while browsing Codepen)

    # February 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Although an old design, it has always been one of my favorites.

    You might want to check out masonry.js

    # February 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Thanks guys. At least I can still play with metro tiles.

    # February 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    You don’t have nothing to worry about. Square is not something you can copyright. Thought Apple don’t think so. But i don’t give a fak about marketing fagz. Just don’t use Sagoe font and you’ll be fine.

    # February 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    > Same colors probably, metro tiles, and layout. It’s 99% the same.

    @VladimirKrstic Copying someone else’s work is something to worry about. Keep in mind there is something called “trade dress“. And whether it’s legal or illegal still doesn’t make it right. The OP mentioned his would basically be 99% the same thing. That wouldn’t be beneficial to him.

    # February 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Find out if microsoft legally owns that design. And if they find out about your website the worse they will do is ask you to take it down or change the design. They wont waste their time suing you. And i have seen websites with the same metro design, also AOL onece used that design.

    # February 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Take Microsoft out of the equation for a moment and replace it with CSS-Tricks. Would it be okay to copy CSS-Tricks? I’m a little disappointed that some of you think this sort of behavior is okay, whether it is legal or not. This doesn’t help drive your career in the industry.

    For example, on my site, I used a bunch of subject matter for inspiration. Enough that I probably couldn’t cite them all and yet it doesn’t look like anyone else’s.

    # February 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

    @chrisburton as long as you don’t have the design in one hand and copying it down with the other. What i’m saying is that its okay if your website resembles others, but there’s a limit.

    # February 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

    @Jarolin Reread what the OP stated (“99% the same”). I don’t necessarily disagree with you, I just think we need to do our own thing when being inspired from others.

    # February 17, 2013 at 4:25 am

    You are right, it would not benefit him. I don’t expect that he plans to do any serious project that way. Think that’s just for some small site, right @chester ?

    # February 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

    @VladimirKrstic As I said I was thinking to do it on my own portfolio. It was on my mind so I asked the forum if it’s OK, but then you guys said it’s not a good idea, I respect that ofcourse.

    Maybe I could do a quick draft on photoshop so you could see what was really on my mind when I thought of it.

    Thanks guys.

    # February 17, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Well it’s not a good idea now i can say too. I thought you need it for some not that “serious” project. For fun or something. But for your own portfolio don’t do it. Not because of legal issues but because of you and your work. Do something on your own. You can still create something similar to Metro look but don’t make it scream copy!

    Just for info, I have designed my first portfolio maybe year or so before Windows Phone 7 was introduced. I have never finished it or put online. Design was god damn same as Metro today. I have 6 squares aligned in two rows that displayed animated info about how many items are in that section and new items added. Logo was aligned on same location as it’s proposed for Metro apps. I have side-panel on right who has search and who displayed quotes and some my writings. This looked pretty much as when you open search in Windows 8. Then Microsoft introduced WP and latter W8. I fall in love with them immediately, obviously because i have similar sensibility for design. Just some time later i realized “F*** I have designed same sh** before them”. I can curse myself now I didn’t patent live tiles. :) In truth back then i didn’t saw that as something cool. Just as small design decision for my small web site. I should call Steve Jobs, he would figure out how to sue them. :)

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