The CSS Vault has been showcasing good CSS–driven designs for some time, linking to some of the best designs around. A few hours ago, I found the newest entry, pointing to this site called aDeuxMains. Now, have a look at Dan Cederholm’s SimpleBits and Doug Bowman’s StopDesign, two well–known sites of famous web designers. Observe closely SimpleBits’s navigation bar at the top, and StopDesign’s sidebar on the right side; have a second look at aDeuxMains’s layout again. Seeing some familiar details?
Certainly, this cannot be considered a “rip,” a term for blatant, inconsiderate copying of someone else’s (graphic) work. Everyone who develops an interest for web and graphic design passes such a stage at some point. “View Source,” as Zeldman would say, is a great learning tool. However, to publicly use heavily–inspired designs without mention of your “inspirational sources,” and have your work listed on a CSS–resources site, is at the very least—unacceptable. Dangerously close to the limits.
What do you think?