September 13, 2000
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If you could steal* any web design, which one would you take?
When I get around to it, I would like to do something like this, this or maybe this.
*Stealing is defined as taking only the design codes and not any content off of the site without the designer's permission.
posted by tamim (12 comments total)
Your wish has been granted.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 10:28 PM on September 13, 2000

gsxl - not to be rude, but it was I who linked to that 0sil8 episode just two days ago.
posted by tamim at 10:54 PM on September 13, 2000

My bad. I keep forgetting to search for stuff like that.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 11:00 PM on September 13, 2000

I already *can* steal any web design I want; it's a pretty simple thing to do, and something that happens all too often.

Heh. Of course, that's not what you meant.

Possibly it's just who I am (and this isn't a unique stance, especially here) but I'd rather not steal any specific design.

It's just no fun. My personal site's pretty plain, because a designer I am not, but it is mine, from the overly simple images to the overly annoying navigational "scheme" I've got there.

I think my point is that there's just no entertainment value in using someone elses design, and what are personal sites for if not entertaining yourself?
posted by cCranium at 6:10 AM on September 14, 2000

You have a point there. I know my readers both get annoyed because I redesign every month or two, but that is the whole point of having the site. All the content is just secondary, and excuse to have a site to redesign. There is no fun at all in stealing someone else's design. But sometimes some one figures out how to do something cool, and I think that there is nothing wrong with approprating that knowledge to further your own design.
posted by donkeymon at 9:19 AM on September 14, 2000

The real question is, what the heck is (3rd site on original post) I mean whats the idea here? Crazy internet...
posted by metasak at 10:31 AM on September 14, 2000

It's a story-telling site, about times you've almost had sex, but didn't quite go all the way.

I could find two stories - the current one and one in the archive - that are both well-written.

Hey, looks as though good ol' ben is gettin' his fingers dirty in another site. Nifty!
posted by cCranium at 11:03 AM on September 14, 2000

I'd rather not think about almost times, really.

But beyond that, I'm not a fan of code thievery. I've seen whole sites that have been a Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V dealie except with names and links altered. It wasn't pretty, and I got pretty pissed off at the person (even though it wasn't my code that was stolen).

The joy of having a site (though mine is so simple) is the tweaks and changes I can make to it. when stuff doesn't work how I'd intended, it's frustrating, but enjoyable to work through it. and then, when I'm done, I can say it's mine.
posted by SentientAI at 11:16 AM on September 14, 2000

Well Osil 8 looks alright and the second one is okay but...why would you want your site to look like almost? Admitedly all of my stuff looks shit so I can't really complain.
I wouldn't mind if I had a site that looked like digital diaries but thats more to do with having photos of myself having sex.
posted by davidgentle at 5:45 PM on September 14, 2000

I just love the "floating" look of the site. I also love that scrolling background. It is just sooo .... neat!

My point was to find out which site designs you admire and might want to recreate yourself. (I just chose to use the word "steal.")
posted by tamim at 8:21 PM on September 14, 2000

That floating background of the Almost site is monster cool. How'd Mr.RatBastard do that?
posted by thirteen at 8:41 PM on September 14, 2000

Oh, that's just a little DHTML trickery. There's a tutorial on this technique here. Enjoy!

And thanks for the kind words.
posted by ratbastard at 9:21 PM on September 14, 2000

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