Photographer Creates Unique Webpage by Cloning Google

San Francisco-based photographer Michael Jang has worked in the business for over 30 years but wanted to have this personal website stand out — so he decided to clone Google. Most visitors to his page will probably think they somehow landed onto a Google search results page until they give the text a closer look. Every link on the page points to something on the web that showcases Jang or his work, whether it’s a photo of his in the SFMOMA, or an interview with him by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Even the links at the top that normally provide different Google search methods are links to Jang’s various social media presences.

The various links in the “search results” aren’t pulled out of thin air — most of them seem to be pulled from actual Google searches. However, cloning the search results page and displaying it on his own site allows Jang to have full control over what appears and where things point.

What do you think of Jang’s new website?

(via Wired)

  • PhotoMan

    It looks as exciting as a Google search results page. In other words, not very exciting.

  • Ricky

    Ummm how is it UNIQUE if it is a clone of google??

  • G. Liu

    “Results 1–10 of about 219,000 for michael jang photography. (0.37 seconds)” <– It's always 0.37 seconds.

  • Wade Courtney

    um, it’s a copyright violation no?

  • Studio Hera Bell

    Briliant idea at first, yet not very artistic.

  • Eric

    Interesting concept, but I don’t agree with the handling of the Sponsored Links on the right side of the page. Displaying highly recognizable URLs (e.g., that actually link to different URLs is bad form and poor design, in my opinion.

  • Sarah

    Not that unique after all. Boring.

  • Ranger9

    Off in the distance, but approaching fast, I think I hear the thundering hoofbeats of lawyers.

    It seems pretty obvious that the page was designed deliberately to resemble a Google results page, and could easily be mistaken as one, so they might well have something to say about “trade dress.”

    And the last people anyone should want to hack off would be Google. Not only do they have all the money in the world, but suppose that anyone doing a (real) Google search for this particular photographer got directed somewhere else?

    Will be interesting to see how this pans out…

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  • Samat Jain

    Creative, perhaps, but not very unique… if anything I imagine it’s confusing. People may think that they typed in the wrong URL and their browser performed a search for them.

  • Paulandgeorgie

    uber yawn