Do you think it's alright to be inspired by other sites?
I'm not talking about blatant rips - just inspiration. I'm asking this, because on another board I go on, some people were saying that they think everyone should come up with their own designs, period.
I will admit that way back in the beginning when I did my first site, I would let myself be inspired by others, but now I just do my own designs. I don't think there is anything wrong with being inspired though, just as long as you don't rip an entire site.
I think that there's nothing wrong about it. Many artists derive inspiration to their work from others in the same art. It doesn't mean however that they are just cloning ideas (although in many cases... that's a sad truth - see today's music industry with it's more arkward bootlegs of arkward bootlegs of....).
The other problem specific to web designing appears when designers try to be 'original' by any means (unusual, unintuitive navigation system). While it's tolerable on presonal sites or some other with art related content, it shouldn't be applied in strictly commercial applications, where navigation must be somewhat universal and intuitive, the layout of the page should be clear and functional etc.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with using other people's art as inspiration! When I run into a "designer's block", I'll grab some design books that I have and take a look at what others have done. Shoot, I'll even take a trip to Barnes and Noble and look at the design books there to spark my imagination.
Just because you're getting inspiration from another person's art doesn't mean you're not coming up with something unique and original.
Inspiration is what makes the internet bloom. If all of the sites looked bad, then nobody would know how to make a good one... Until someone tries something crazy, then someone else gets inspired to make a good one from that and viola, a nice new site is added to the internet! :-D
One of my teachers said to not be inspired by the end result, but that artist's inspiration and source. You'll get a deeper look into the peice or design and find out why they did each and where those ideas could have come from. It's a little more work than "oh I like that graphic, I'll try something along those lines" but you'll really notice that any design you may have used as inspiration won't show through in your design. Take different elements and sources and make them your own.
Originally posted by phlint Well, yes phos you are exactly correct but it is the inspiration that gets the designers started to creat the final end result (which may look nothing like what the designer was inspired by)
right. What did I say?
I get most of my inspiration for interior or product design. Though also just relaxing in the open air in a park really fuels me too.