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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 12:02 UK time, Friday, 16 May 2008

"Croatian state broadcaster nicks BBC web site design" from The Inquirer.

"We're very new to this... It is still bedding in and we don't know how that will take shape." The BBC's Pete Clifton quoted in The Guardian about BBC.com.

Box UK has been writing a series of blog posts about their work coming out of the BBC's Innovation Labs.

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If you crave technical and coding details, check out two discussions going on the BBC Backstage Mailing list: one about streaming and one about the BBC's blogs platform.

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet blog


  • Comment number 1.


    Just took a look at the Croatian rip-off of the beautiful, new BBC Internet design.

    Oh, it's waaaaay toooo similar!

    Jim Connolly
    The Ideas Blog

  • Comment number 2.

    IMage Imitation Speaking Peace unto Nations is the Sincerest Phorm of Flattery.

  • Comment number 3.

    So they nicked it, so what?

    Thats what ALL us web designers do anyway, we're just usually better at disguising it.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hackerjack, your name probably explains it all anyway, but there is a massive difference between taking influence from design to copying design.

    The HRT website is a clear example of copying- with the functionality, design and layout of the site replicating the hard work done by the BBC.

    Yes designers do imitate but the good ones innovate and improve what has gone before, the same as pretty much every profession.

  • Comment number 5.

    There is no halm in taking inspiration from code, reading code and perhaps even cutting some of it, its just something that is common and its OK...however..to brazenly take the whole code and simulate it exactly, or almost exactly is wrong, how much effort, really does it take, to take inspiration from a web site and make your own, original interpretation of it, especially if your a state broadcaster. that's lazy and sloppy.
    Also may i add it does demonstrate how comfortable and elegant the BBC's site looks and works, and at least it has a somewhat disfunctional seal of approval off another state broadcaster.

  • Comment number 6.

    Yes designers do imitate but the good ones innovate and improve what has gone before, the same as pretty much every profession.


    Nope. Good designers make the best choices. If that is to use an idea that someone else has had instead thent hey do that. Sure they try new things all the time, some work , some don't. But they don't let their egos get in the way be forcing their own style on a customer when learly thre are better options out there.

    I for one think that the BBC main page is one of the best innovations in website design for some time. Despite being an avid net-trawler for good ideas I have not seen a better system for a site such as this one. The only improvement I could suggest would be a tracker that worked out what kind of news you were intersted in and trawled for similar items even if they are not in the notrmal categories. An example of this would be picking up that I like hearing about Brits in non-traditional sports that I wouldn't normally check out day to day (e.g. Basktball).

    Yes they should have customised it to look like their own site instead of a complete copy, but in essence this is cosmetic. It is the functionality that takes the time and effort.


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