Yes. Today when we were working on the websites that will document our open source social design project at Ranthambhore, in Rajasthan – we’re stuck in New Delhi waiting for the riots to subside because all roads to Sawai Madhopur are on curfew – we were discussing various elements in the design. White spaces, one or two touches of colour and then just the images with their relevant tags. You can search by tags – we hope to have solar power and potable water and renewable energy sources etc all being prototyped in various parts of Ranthambhore.
So it seemed looking at the description I’ve written above it very closely matches Google’s homepage. Am I copying Google? well there’s no search in the middle that’s for sure, and it will have images and case studies and all, but then if its the best design and it evokes a feel of Google, does this then mean that Google is an international design standard?