I am building a website for my wifes home business, and there are few other businesses out there that have a well developed, well laid out website. For the few that are out there I have used them as only "inspiration" and to get the creative juices going on how to developer her website. The product is hand made and unique to the parties involved.
However, I do have some concerns. The word "copyright" is probably not the correct word since nothing of anyone website has been used partitially, or completely in creating my website. The concern comes in on two points of interest:
1) on a competitors website, if you select an individual product it brings up the page showing details of that particular product. I liked how they laid out the information of the product of the page starting with the title of the product, then a quick description, followed by the product dimensions, and finally the product price.
I used the ‘layout of data’ to layout the information of my product.
One other piece of information: I liked how the competitors product pictures has been spiced up in something like photoshop and they have made their product appear to come out of the picture removing some of the background. Also how they have faded a portion of the background to a flat color so they can place some text in that area like the product title. I would also like to do the same thing, but unsure if this borders or is considered ‘plagiarism’ – even though it is my picture, and my complete artist doings in photoshop.
Any advice on my above concerns would be greatly appreciated.
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Design, and all art throughout time for that matter, has been a series of being "inspired" by those who have gone before you, even to the point of blatent rip-offs.
I would never advocate outright theft of design (of course), but liking someones layout and basing yours off of it is perfectly natural, happens all the time, and is totally fine.
Once you are about to cross the line, you’ll know it, and then you should stop. Like, "View Source", "Copy", "Paste", yeah, that’s going to far :shock:
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