Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, writer, speaker, and author, currently serving as the Creative Director of ClearScore, and the Co-editor and Creative Director of lifestyle magazine Lagom. Previously, he was the Creative Director of coffee roaster Colonna, the founder of typography magazine-turned-book 8 Faces, and the Creative Director of Typekit (now Adobe Fonts). He’s also an electronic musician, recording as Other Form and releasing on the Berlin-based label Unterwegs.

Now this is just silly

Posted on 15 June 2007

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UPDATE: After reporting the copyright violation to the website’s host, Strato, it appears that they’ve taken vmixx.com down! Cheers guys!

I couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my site’s design being ripped off, and – while the majority of comments were very supportive – some people thought I was being a little too harsh in calling it “pirated”. Well, I’m not here to continue that argument today; instead, I’m going to point your attention to vmixx.com, and I think you’ll agree that there’s nothing to argue about here. (In case the site gets changed or taken down, here’s the evidence on Flickr.)

What’s really interesting here is that the site’s ‘designer’ actually asked for my permission via e-mail, and when I declined, I’m pleased to say he ended up using a background that (while similar) was still very much his own. So why revert to using my imagery? Was the other background purely to throw me off the scent? Luckily I was alerted to the change by a helpful reader. Thanks, Rod!

Am I offended? A little. But I think it’s too funny to be that offended. I mean, not only has he used my main background image, but he’s also used the top bar and the swirls that sit behind it. And what are the swirls? That’s right, folks: MY NAME! So not only does vmixx.com have ‘Elliot Jay Stocks’ emblazoned across it in the metaphorical sense… it also has in the very literal sense as well!

Come on, man – take it down.

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