I had a conversation earlier today with a designer and we were noticing how so many designs are copied. Everyone wants to be like the leaders in their particular market segment. Here is a list of web applications that are so Spankin’ Good that everyone wants to copy them.

There are more, but as I review different web applications I see a lot of common trends in designs between them. It is part of an evolutionary progress of web applications that has really been part of the progress of applications before the dawn of the Interweb or humanity. As frameworks improve (Ruby-on-Rails, Zend, Cakephp, Spring, etc.) and gain popularity the default setups and as designs (BluePrintCSS) become standard I think we’ll see more of this trend of look-alike applications.

I’m sure I’ll be writing a post on how to create Spankin’ good applications in the future, but for now take a look at some of the hottest, study them, and then copy the best parts of them to create your own Spankin’ good app.