I was very angry today. I found out that a Mexican web Agency Smart2Web ripped of my portfolio page and named it Enchulame Misitio (the website is offline at this time). Actually, a Twitter user discovered that my site has been plagiarized, and started to tweet about it.
They didn’t just stole the concept or minor graphic parts, but made an exact copy of it, including some of the texts and parts of the client list. Yes, they left some clients in the portfolio section, as their own. I wrote an email to the publisher of Echulame Misitio immediately. Surprisingly, I’ve got an answer and the site was removed very quickly.
I’ve made some screen shots:
The thing is, it wasn’t the first time. A month ago, a guy from India made an almost exact copy of it, with his own logo on it. After sending him an email, the site was offline in a few hours.
However, I’m still happy that my site has been an inspiration for other designers. I know that the concept of it isn’t really new and that there are bunch of websites using the same concept of navigation, but I still get a lot of positive response from visitors.
À propos… my new blog was Site of the day on The CSS Awards.