The Banner: Unleashed

Ever notice how you buy a new car and then suddenly it seems like everybody else on the road drives the same car.

I'm feeling the same way about my little flag tips. First, at Andy Laub's site and now at Indelebile.

If I thought I had any originality, I'd think I'm starting a trend.

Published November 16, 2006
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Ian said on November 16, 2006

I have to say the flags are a cool little detail to your design Jonathan, I'm not surprised they are popping up elsewhere!

Yannick said on November 16, 2006

What can we say Jonathan, the flag tips rock and you are a trendsetter. ;)

I kinda felt the same way when I got a jump(flash, usb, thumb) drive. Got me one of those silver Sandisk ones and then suddenly saw a lot of other people walking around with the exact same one. What can you do eh?

Kory Twaites said on November 16, 2006

It's a nice original design, so it's bound to be copied. Especially by all those who look up to you.

Steve Tucker said on November 16, 2006

Trend setting is a rare and hard-earned bragging right - you should be proud :)

Bramus! said on November 17, 2006

Great minds think alike / fools never differ?

Tim McCormack said on November 17, 2006

Yup, definitely a new "Blog 2.0" component, just like gradients, reflections, and saturated pastels. Congratulations on being a trendsetter!

Andy said on November 18, 2006

The tone of the comments thus far seems to imply that I "borrowed" the flag/banner element, when in fact we both launched our sites at the same time (for the CSS Reboot). Just clarifying.

Gareth said on November 19, 2006

Sorry to say i have seen this is quite a few places, for years. But then nothings original is is it?

indelebile said on November 20, 2006

Sorry man ... when i designed my homepage I really dont know your site ... I just follow the taste of some my illustration

Jonathan Snook said on November 20, 2006

Andy/indelebile: I admit I was a little worried it might get construed that way.

Gareth: no need to be sorry. They've been around for centuries, I'm sure. :) Truly, nothing is original these days.

To everybody: neither of these people copied me. I just noticed that they both had banners (and did it very well).

suresh said on November 23, 2006

ok i,m thinking of using it in my site too........I believe, nice things should be copied...... but definately i'll mention your site.....

Michael said on November 28, 2006

I think the flags are really a great idea. I think I will use them in one of my next designs.
You should really be proud of setting this new trend. Congratulations!

Bas Wenneker said on November 29, 2006

Yours look better:)

noodlenozzle said on November 29, 2006

Right. So they are using the idea. Doesn't matter. Any detail oriented person can see that yours are the poop.

The crispness! The smooth gradient! The illusion is deceptive!

I personally prefer to take an idea and rather than copy it wholesale, closely examine the output and internalize that to achieve a similar level of inspiration. Plus, when you come back and inform the original author that their craft inspired a train of thought which ended up resulting completely different product, it makes them feel even better.

Andy's attempt was half-hearted and Indelible's was overbaked. JSnook found the fine balance. Kudos on the flag tips, I thought of ripping them off myself, like I'm going to do with your fixed comment form so users can actually read the previous posts, yo!

anon said on December 01, 2006

There's one more at

Smith said on January 29, 2007

I think out of respect to those other two sites you should put that "To everybody: neither of these people copied me. I just noticed that they both had banners (and did it very well)." comment in the post itself if you're so worried that it came off that way.

It can't help but come off that way when you say it like that.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post. If you have any further questions or comments, feel free to send them to me directly.