Hindustan Times apes New York Times?

AOL, Yahoo, Hindustan Times, The New York Times

Hindustan Times, India’s famous and most circulated leading news paper that had recently come up with an English version has just launched a new homepage under beta testing at http://www.hindustantimes.com/Homepage/Homepage.aspx or at http://www.hindustantimes.com

The site has a clean, clutter-free look with drop-down menus and tab based navigational structure. They are providing RSS feeds based on categories along with Video Streaming. Further there is a “My Zone” option where users can rank news stories.

You can check out this official post by Hindustan Times on their new move regarding interface and their details at “What’s new on HindustanTimes.com?

An interesting and note worthy thing that catches the eye apart from all these modifications is the fact that their design is pretty much similar or identical to the famous, well designed, top international news paper site called “The New York Times” www.nytimes.com. The website of this news paper apart from other things has good user interface that makes readability easy for readers.

Here is the snapshots of Hindustan Times and The New York Times:

Hindustan Times

The New York Times

Earlier AOL www.aol.com had also come up with the new move under BETA stage with the new look and with User Interface which is identical to Yahoo’s www.yahoo.com

home page design. You can find the detailed article about this in TechCrunch article “AOL-one step behind again new home page identical to Yahoo“.

By seeing all these happenings around the web world, my mind was clogged with a few questions such as

  • Does replication mean imply creativity is lacking?
  • Does relaunching the site with a new design means ripping of the other famous website design?
  • Aren’t people thinking of making a brand new appearances of their own product or website?
  • Do people think that such a move of borrowing or copying would go unnoticed?
  • Do we need to come up with with copy rights for the designs and the user interface apart from the content of a web site?

Seeing the developments that have taken place, all I can say is wait and watch, for, tomorrow might be one that might usher some new trend or turn a new page on website designing and creativity.