A midnight mystery for you all: which one of these sites is the original and which is the imposter?
The exposition: through a link to a sweet looking site from Cameron, I was incredibly impressed and wondered who was responsible for this beauty. Following a link in the footer, I came across Freebird New Media, also a nice looking site.
I knew it looked familiar, though. Not familiar like “I’ve been to this site before”, but familiar like “I’ve seen another website with a similar layout”. After a quick search through the Grid section of my digital morgue file, I came up with MWI.
Curse this intuition of mine. Have a look:
This discovery warrants some design vigilantism. I'd like to use my powers for good and alert the rightful company about the swindler, but I'm not quite sure who is who. Here are the possible options:
- MWI is the true
king of Gondorowner of the design.
- Freebird is the true owner of the design.
- Both companies purchased a template for $2.99 from Websites “R” Us and got just what they paid for
- I actually designed both sites and this is my sick way of boosting the SEO for each
What’s the verdict?
Update: Joshua from MWI has confirmed that theirs is the original design. Details about the theft.