[thelist] Design Job Candidate: Template or the Real Thing?

Alan McCoy a.r.mccoy at larc.nasa.gov
Fri Jun 11 10:11:00 CDT 2004

We just gave a test to a guy who applied for a web graphics & layout design
job here. The test involved putting together a home page layout using some
provided images. The layout was supposed to be for a NASA Propulsion
technology enterprise mock site.

When we received a jpeg of his submission, it looked a little too
cookie-cutter to us. The instructions asked for a PSD source file and he was
very hesitant to provided it to us. So while we waited, we decided to check
out the rest of his portfolio again.

After a bit of poking around and some hunches, we discovered that every one
of his designs was purchased from TemplateMonster.com. Now, he may have done
that with full disclosure to his clients, but the image he submitted for
this job was supposed to be his own work.

Here is the image in question:

The rocket image on the right, as well as the background images in the four
blocks of content and the NASA logo, were images provided to him by us. The
rest is allegedly his design.

Has anyone seen this same layout elsewhere?


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