Skin Blues wrote:
I doubt it would look anything like that. The fact that Google's standard news format looks the same as Yahoo's custom designed sports pages, which have dedicated pages for each sport and have an enormous userbase, is pretty pathetic. From looking around the web, it seems that Yahoo has done a good deal of copying other websites, though. Especially on mobile, they pretty much just did a half-assed copypasta of other popular providers. They had the substance part down pretty good before thsi overhaul, they shouldn't have scrapped it entirely in a vain attempt at copying the style of other popular websites.
Imitation is not necessarily a bad thing. UI design is prone to trends and schools of thought; yesterday it was skeumorphism and today, it's Dieter Rams-inspired minimalism and flat design. There's a lot to learn from "successful" designs. Sometimes, that entails taking the same components from a successful design, but improving upon it, which is normally the most difficult part. Many designs aren't entirely original; they're just iterations of something else, for better or worse.
If you're talking about in-browser websites on mobile phones, the design constraints are more stringent to the point many sites share some similarity on mobile. I happen to like the new Yahoo Sports on mobile phones, since the medium tends to force the designer(s) to create a cleaner layout.