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.
> 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.
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.
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.
@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.
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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