Dave Matthews is a phenomenal guitarist. He’s also a great singer, using different parts of his voice to create different tones – its really impressive. I used to pride myself on being able to replicate his songs – felt like I was really mastering something…and that was just the guitar part. And when I played the songs for my college buddies – they seemed impressed. But being able to copy someone is really not as impressive as creating a brand new and original idea. Its only through the creative process, having experienced it and learned from it that we nurture the opportunity for authentic creativity. Copying will dull your mind.
Right now I am working on a design that uses some elements of things I have built before, and some new elements. Its truly becoming something new and original because I am free to experiment and explore. And in the end, the site may not have anything that is new to the community, but it is new to me having discovered the solutions on my own. So next time, I’ll be able to take it farther. Thats the only way Dave got to be so creative – he took his natural creative talent and extended it.
I recommend trying to be like Dave. It may be easy to use Google to find solutions to your problems all the time, and it may be easier to “borrow” CSS from other sites you like – but really – take the time to learn it on your own, and it will reward you – people might actually want to be like you.