Brian Clark of Copyblogger recently got his blog’s design copied, causing quite a stir. Now, it looks like it’s my turn to get ripped off. My recent design for MetaDesign’s website has just been stolen by another design agency called Spotts & Company.
Not only did they lift the layout and type styles, they also copied the copy that MetaDesign wrote.
MetaDesign’s intro copy:
Spotts & Company copy:
With a few typographic oddities, the rest of their site is pretty much exact to MetaDesign’s site. Spotts wasn’t able to copy the AJAX page transitions which Meta’s site dev team worked arduously on.
I’m trying not to be outraged, but it’s difficult being the designer of the original site. Many people besides myself worked incredibly hard to create MetaDesign’s site.
It’s one thing to be inspired by another site’s design and then evolve it to something unique. But to see it virtually duplicated is disheartening. It just hits too close to home. :-(
Update (Dec. 21): I sent an email to Spotts & Company to get their side of the story, but it bounced back. They’ve taken down the site, so we may never know if there was a reasonable explanation for copying.