Pinterest Rip Off?
Andreas Pihlström a.k.a. Suprb whom I deeply respect had been recently accused of ripping off Pinterest by Sarah Kessler and Brian Anthony Hernandez of Mashable. Here’s his response and this is mine.
I’d love to add that back in 2009, almost a year before Pinterest launched and many months before Pinterest even began development, sites like TypeNeu had already begun using the fluid grid layout based on early versions of Andreas’ Grid-a-licious WordPress theme. I really like the innovative idea of fluid grids and decided to use it for the then AenTan.com in July 2009. I added jQuery animations to the rearrangement of the blocks as the browser is resized and the novel idea was picked up by several design blogs. The fluid grid design quickly caught on and I believe Pinterest adopted it when it started development.
It is therefore untrue that Andreas ripped off Pinterest. But rather both Pinterest and I have both been inspired by Andreas’ ideas with me being the earlier adopter. Pinterest may have created a wonderfully popular service which I really like but it had not innovated much in the UI as much as some have believed.
As an early adopter of the fluid grid design, I have applied it to several projects including Qrios.ly – a personally-curated design blog which I started but abandoned. It has an interesting fade-as-you-scroll effect not seen on any other site. Qrios.ly subsequently gave birth to Likables, a Pinterest-like site which I developed in 2010 with the same fluid grid layout, before I knew about Pinterest. I too have been accused of ripping off Pinterest.
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