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Designing by stealing

"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal," Picasso once said. Looking at what others before us have done is a time-tested method for gathering inspiration.

As a way of learning how to solve design challenges, Jared Spool recommends that we take regular tours of competitors' sites, top popular sites, and sites we never heard about. By paying close attention to all the details, from the subtleties of page elements to the overall flow, we can build ourselves a catalogue of problems and potential solutions to use in our daily work.

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Henrik Olsen - January 14, 2007

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