I think it must have been yesterday in the morning, when I checked my emails and found several mails in my inbox — mails from people informing me about the fact that a Dutch guy has put on a website with exactly the same layout as used on Bartelme Design.
At first I didn’t think that it was a great deal, since I frequently visit sites with layouts or color schemes similar to the ones of Bartelme Design. But after following the link I was… well suprised. This guy was really using an exact copy of my fresh theme — well not the most recent version, but the one I was using about a month ago. He just replaced the lettering “Bartelme Design” with “QDesign — Jordi Dekker” in the site’s header.
HTML and CSS
If you take a look a the site’s source code you can see that he uses the same XHTML structure, CSS and images as on my site. He even includes the CSS files for my “Cubic” and “Rounded” themes. That’s what I call barefaced. Especially because this guy provides web design services.
I have already contacted him but I have not recieved any reply yet. Obviously he does not really care, since he has also stolen other layouts such as the one from FirstPost and applied it to Eenrum Onliney.
Don’t get me wrong. I know that inspiration is a big part of your daily business, and it’s an honor if my site is taken as an inspiration for other design work. For instance the tutorials published on this site are actually meant to be copied, and it’s outcome may of course be used on other websites. But what I really can’t stand are exact copies of my site’s layout. With this in mind: copy the inspiration, not the outcome.