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Report: #1255883

Complaint Review: Restored 316 Designs, Lauren Gaige, Pink and Press - Austin Texas

  • Submitted: Sat, September 19, 2015
  • Updated: Sat, September 19, 2015
  • Reported By: Mandy09MF — Alabama USA
  • Restored 316 Designs, Lauren Gaige, Pink and Press

    Austin, Texas
    USA

Restored 316 Designs, Lauren Gaige, Pink and Press Lauren Gaige Restored 316 Designs Pink and Press Plagarizes and steals wordpress themes from designers and resells as her own Austin Texas

*Consumer Comment: Lauren Gaige/Restored 316 Designs is awful

*Consumer Comment: From Kay

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I dont need to do a whole cyber bashing session to plead my case. I would rather the evidence speak for itself and if people still want to convince themselves that purchasing from this studio is a sound ethical decision; then they can do so knowing that this designer is a fraud and a thief.

It only takes a few minutes of research to learn that this studio should face punitive charges and if anything should be given zero business.

First, lovely confetti is a studio press recommended 3rd party genesis child theme developer. Having studio press recommend you as a genesis designer is an honor and thus ensures their customers are recieving well coded child themes.

Look at restored 316 design wordpresstheme she uses for her own site and compare it to lovely confetti's theme however, you will notice she no longer sells the wordpress themes that she once boasted were her own You will find evidence of this on her facebook page)

After that go to , Lovelyconfetti.com and peruse her site. Pay close attention to her footer link that uses a "made with Insert heart icon)" then compare it to lauren gaige's footer link. Also, look ar lauren gaige's favicon tht she uses in comparison to lovely confetti.

I showed specifics from 2 different businesses, however her wordpress designs are a combination of designs from etsy designers. Building wordpress themes is a very large market and designs are similair due to less customization options. Im not sure of the copyright laws abiding wordpress templates.

I gave you some links to follow to show you specific examples stolen wordrpress designs including similiar copyrighting, but for whatever reason Most likely due to some cease and desist letters via lovely confetti that she references in her blog post but i cant be sure) she doesnt sell blogger themes anymore. Aside from the documented accounts, i will list a couple of other obvious signs that this designer is a fraud.

Go to her site and look at her designs and demo content then look at her pricing strategies. She lacks any cohesive pricing strategy. Her blogger designs for no stated reason range start at 34.00, then jump to random numbers like 35.00, 20.00 40.00 and even one's she claim are custom that are 150.00 and then another custom that is 600.00. This is most likely do to purchase pricing from other designers and she tailors the price according to how much she pays. If you are familiar with blogger templates, they are a bit easier to develop/design Although thats an opinion via observation). However real desigers who code their websites and customize them independently and legally sell their blogger themes for most often 2 prices ; one for premade templates that will be resold and another for a custom one of a kind design.

Look through her site demos and read her customization options. She does not have many if any as these are calibrated per their web designers and plugins. Look at hr two custom template options that she offers for $150.00 and $$600.00. When purchasing them she has a "shop/place in cart" button but no instructions on customizations. I would be willing to bet if you purchased one of these you would get a template and that is it -if that .

Also look at her showcase. There is absolutely no modified wordpress templates only the product demo of her custom theme option. If a designer offers a 600.00 custom wordpress theme/template. She is either a. Showing the template and selling it as a one of kind or 2. She is going to make you a custom blog design and uses a dummy / or past custom design as her product demo. The showcase has examples of where someone purchased the "custom " design but it is the same template used in the product demo. Where there is portfolio of custom designs there is most likely no custom designs developed. Designers are proud to show their custom work. If this is hard to understand please go and see for yourself. This is all very evident on her site.

Lastly, check out other design studios The reputable ones and look at their legal or faq section). Most reputable designers do not copyright their themes This is not including the stock photos etc). They count on the integrity of other designers to tweak their designs for client use and purchase seperate single license for each client or if possible buy a developers license See example on studio press/organic themes/lovely confetti/bluchic ust to name a few). Now look at lauren gaige's copyright statement and although this is not concrete but merely underscores her fraudelent practices and lck o deigner skills.

If you really want to see how restored 316 design's has built her studio off a cumulation of designs and copyrights stolen from other studios, take a good few minutes to look over the websites/theme developers i have listed and then compare it to hers. This is truly sad and pathetic .

Lauren Gaige / Restored 316 Designs / My Restored Life / Pink and Press

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#1 Consumer Comment

Lauren Gaige/Restored 316 Designs is awful

AUTHOR: restored316designsisascam - (USA)

Lauren Gaige Taggart and Restored 316 Designs is awful, unoriginal and a bully service. She bullies anyone that makes better themes than her. She's harassed me online for many years now because she thought I copied a theme that she copied from someone else. She's just a huge hypocrite who frankly has no talent and no other way to make money except stealing and cheating people.

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#2 Consumer Comment

From Kay

AUTHOR: Kay Brighton - (USA)

Hello lovelies! I decided to take it upon myself to respond to these untrue allegations. Kudos to those who gave me a heads up about this thread as well as the copied versions at complaints board and rip off report. I feel like this is a VERY relevant and a little taboo topic that impacts designers of all categories.

First and foremost, I have been creating and selling web design on the world wide web for nearly 8 years. I have created templates for a variety of different platforms, including blogger, wordpress and squarespace. Also, I've spent more than 6 years selling graphic design products.

Among my designs, are beautiful, feminine wordpress ecommerce templates based on the genesis theme. If you look up the genesis theme, you will find that it has a basic structure, the same structure used in almost all genesis child templates. You will find this structure used on my genesis child templates, as well as on those created by Restored 316 Designs, Lovely Confetti, Bluchic, and so on. It's a commonly used structure and the genesis theme itself is listed under the GNU Operating System and Free Software Movement (More on that here: https://www.gnu.org/home.en.html) Meaning that anyone can use this template structure to create their own child theme.

Based on the above, I (and all of the other shops) have not plagiarized anything. Technically, I could say other shops are stealing MY designs but it's not worth it and it's a super negative mindset to focus on in the long run, when I would much rather feel flattered and continue on with my life and creating beautiful designs for my lovely clients!

As artists and designers, we influence one another and that doesn't equal plagiarism. This has gone on since the beginning of the world wide web! If you look at the work created by any of the designers being accused of copying Restored 316 Designs, you can easily compare them with others. As well, you can very easily compare Restored 316 Designs templates to many other templates created long before hers including many of my own.

I'm grateful to have contributed to upping the bar of quality design for wordpress templates because that is why I started creating in the first place. I studied web and graphic design and was passionate about creating beautiful templates for female entrepreneurs and bloggers and I'm humbled to have been given the opportunity and to have met and worked with so many awesome ladies over the years!

I understand how frustrating it can be when competition starts creating products similar to your best sellers but I've learned to take a deep breath and keep on creating beautiful designs of my own. Trust me, I felt mortified when nearly identical to my own wordpress templates like the "Glam" popped up but c'est la vie, it's business.

Just keep on creating, innovating, and growing our businesses. Rather than try to tear down the competition, feel happy for their success. After all, we're all in this together!

Much <3
Kay Brighton

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