David Dyer responds.
Yesterday, I posted about a kid who stole web design work from one of my friends (and multiple other people) and passed it off as his own. After a Twitter campaign to shame him, he simply deleted his Twitter account and made his Linkedin profile private.
And then I got an email from him:
This is completely a misunderstanding, I never meant to steal you or your friend’s design. Awhile back I was teaching myself Dreamweaver along with css designs/layouts. I came across your site and loved the design, and wanted to practice reverse-engineering and see if I could build a layout like that of my own. I used all of the same assets and made a few copy changes. I have never had the intention of using this site as my portfolio page nor have I advertised it anywhere or to anyone. I have no experience in the web/graphic design world; I was simply trying to play around with mockups. I’m not sure how you found it but I’m assuming google along with other search engines grabbed it. I sincerely apologize for any stress that this has caused you or your friends. The site is in the process of being taken down.
Now that my name has been ruined on Twitter, that account has been deleted. I would appreciate it if you would take down the blog entry “David M Dyer is a thief”, as this is simply a misunderstanding. Thank You.
David, I appreciate the email, but I have one word for you: bullshit.
Your site is titled “David Dyer – Web Design Portfolio.” Hardly something you’d push live if you “never had the intention of using this site as my portfolio page.” You can also learn CSS and Dreamweaver without pushing pages live. And in fact, the way you learn Dreamweaver is to create assets yourself and figure out how to assemble them. You don’t just copy and paste someone else’s work and tweak a few lines of copy. Speaking of copy – if you were just goofing around, you wouldn’t write about one of the sites you ripped off, “I created a very simplictic, yet modern-looking design using a lot of white area and minimilistic assets. The photos were given to me in a very large format, where I made them web-friendly and proceeded to categorize them.” You also want us to believe you have “no experience in the web/graphic design world” except on your Linkedin profile you claim in your last job you did Web Design Layout and Graphic Design.
But the biggest reason I know you’re full of it is on your Linkedin page you have a live link to “My Website” that takes you to the very page you claim you have not advertised to anyone anywhere.
David, look, we all know what happened. You desperately wanted to be a web designer but either didn’t have the talent or didn’t want to put in the work to get a better job. So you took a shortcut and ripped off a site design from some designer who lives in Colombia who you thought would never notice. Then you stole a small winery website way on the west coast. Then an Italian fashion photographer. And then another and another who you thought would never catch up to you. But that’s not the way the internet works these days.
Both creatives who ripped off my work had lame excuses like yours, too. But the reality is, you ripped off people’s work and now you’re paying the price. And if you still want to claim you never advertised your site to anyone? Then please send us the email of your boss and we’ll ask them what you used to get a job at the Wynn.
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