Suspicious Design Similarities

Luke.Hoersten.org Logo

While reading a design blog about new site designs and typography in early April of 2008, I noticed a site called “Hell Yeah Dude” which bore a strikingly similar title and logo design to my personal web site, Luke.Hoersten.org. In particular, the lighter colored top level domain (.com/.org) in contrast to the darker title text, and the asterisk logo and placement with respect to the title. It turns out the site owner, Patrick Algrim, released the site on April 9th, 2008. I have been using the lighter colored top level domain title style since around December 6th, 2007 and released the asterisk logo around March 31st, 2008. That’s at least nine days before Patrick’s design was released.

Hell Yeah Dude Logo

I don’t mean to suggest that I’m the first to come up with lighter colored TLD with a darker title or the asterisk logo, and perhaps I’m being a bit presumptuous to even suggest that Patrick may have even seen my site, but it seems suspicious the way the two design elements have been used together in a fashion so close to mine. I’m sure it’s just coincidence but I wanted to be clear that I didn’t rip the design from Patrick.

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  • http://twitter.com/ericontwit Eric

    hell yeah, dude

  • http://hellyeahdude.com Patrick

    Haha! That’s awesome! It’s awesome because you and I had no clue of each other. It’s just one of those simple things that people are bound to do the same thing. The whole lighter color .com is pretty popular and works very well (see abriefmessage.com) — I don’t think ours looks that similar…. I actually settled with that logo… Because at the redesign time I just couldn’t figure out what to do and just settled with the Freight font family.
    I don’t think you ripped me and I don’t think I ripped you… It’s too minute (pronounced mi-noot) to call a rip. It’s not like our site designs are similar.. haha!

  • http://hellyeahdude.com Patrick

    Haha! That's awesome! It's awesome because you and I had no clue of each other. It's just one of those simple things that people are bound to do the same thing. The whole lighter color .com is pretty popular and works very well (see abriefmessage.com) — I don't think ours looks that similar…. I actually settled with that logo… Because at the redesign time I just couldn't figure out what to do and just settled with the Freight font family.
    I don't think you ripped me and I don't think I ripped you… It's too minute (pronounced mi-noot) to call a rip. It's not like our site designs are similar.. haha!

  • http://www.gpgsolar.com.au/ GPG Solar

    The copycat technique :) there is no foul there

  • http://increaserss.com/ Increase RSS

    must be a fan of naruto.