Anil Dash noted the design rip-off of MovableType by TRYBranding.com. At first I was amused at the foolhardiness of this person’s action. Then I looked around some more, and so did others. A pattern of serial design plagiarism has emerged. Here is what has been found so far (sites he copied are in parenthesis):
TRYBranding.com – his main site (rip-off of MovableType)
TRYBranding Idle Mussings – his marketing blog (rip-off of Kottke.org)
Bizactions Weblog – a blog he produced for a client (rip-off of TypePad)
The author of all of these sites is one Tommy R. Young. He’s obviously a marketing genius as his initials are T.R.Y. and his site is named TRYBranding, get it? The galling part is the Bizactions site, which seems to indicate that Mr. Young is reselling the blog designs he is stealing. Also it’s a little tacky to put copyrights on page designs you’ve stolen.
Anyway Mr. Young is the thieving asshat of the week. Feel free to drop him a line and let him know how awesome his design skills are. His e-mail address is: [email protected].
Update: In the comments Kathy notes that the pages are “down”. I’ve changed the link for TRYBranding.com to the Google cache version. You’ll have to take everyone’s word for it that the other pages were exact copies (except for the content). Joni even notes that the page HTML comments show were it was saved from. It seems Mr. Young figured out his ass was showing and deceide to pull up his pants…