I'm not normally caught up in this thing they call dArama but really, when someone accuses me of stealing their design, I think that's pushing it a little beyond dArama. And as such, deserves an equally insulting response.
Now this member on dA who took part in my contest I ran earlier this year is accusing me of stealing his idea for my website.
I'll be the first to admin a few things:
1. Yea, we can see similarity in idea with his concept ([link]
2. The fact that my contest was held in June and I released my website earlier 2008 would lead him to believe that I got it from him.
Obviously this guy has got his shit screwed up. Why, this may be off topic but the guy think I'm responsible for dA logo project. How can you be a member of dA and think I'm part of dA creative team or responsible for the logo? He claims he's helping me with it. This alone shows poor judgment and evidence of disillusion.
One thing I do know, I don't have to explain shit to some immature individual on dA but when it comes to my reputation, I'm going to defend it, hence the journal.
I was working on this concept since around May 2007. Now here are a few people ANYONE can contact and ask when I was working on this project and at what time I showed them first concepts. Of course those that don't contact are those who it doesn't matter to or those who doesn't want to hear the truth.
Khadija Benn (she'd probably be bias but it's still another person for my case)
George Marez (who worked with me from start on this, he even saw the previous concepts)
Cris Vector (who saw the very first concept I did and gave some feedbacks)
Mindfuckx (can talk about when he was giving comments on the live version)
Andreas Wannerstedt (www.andreaswannerstedt.se)(developer who could say when I first showed him the concept)
Joao Franco (Logo designer who saw the concept when I first did it, gave his comments)
Razzy (Classmate who saw me working on this concept)
Yves Bernier (Classmate who saw me working on this concept)
These people would tell you that I've been working on the concept since before I first posted my contest. The reason the site took so long is because of development. Again, it goes to show that this individual knows nothing of design. He simply thinks that a site takes 6 months to launch with no understanding of the complex task of actionscripting, quality control and design production. He simply has no understanding that these tasks take much time. On to top it all off, developers who delay on your project.
Now, let's get one thing straight, if his design inspired me, could someone tell me WHY I'd deny that? Great designers take inspiration from all corners. Do be a designer and deny that something inspires you is just being in denial. The point I'm making is that no, it didn't inspire me but I was inspired by other works and NONE of them are on dA.
The other point that I have to make is that the idea is NOT original, in fact, I've seen tons of design other there that's quite similar to mind (unfortunately). With that said, I fail to understand why he's acting as if he trademarked his idea. If you check his design and my website, you'd see that it's oceans apart in terms of execution.
Bottomline is this: Despite what anyone thinks, the idea didn't come from a cheap piece of graphic on dA. Any good designer know they have to look at the stars for inspiration. However, even if it did come from his work, I would have given him his 5 mins of glory since it seems to be such a major milestone in his life.
The site that truly inspired depthskins.net concept is www.2advanced.net among a few others on thefwa.com
That's my defense and me clearing up the BS going around on dA about me. Now after this, all the 10 year olds can keep complaining. I really don't give a shit! That's the end of my dArama 2008.