In the beginning, two Titans borrowed from each other, disobeying law to bring innovation to the people. Cheers to square icons with rounded corners! Cheers to the concept of the pitch-to-zoom! Cheers for nothing at all.
Last week’s verdict of Apple v. Samsung so shocked the world that it left proletarians a bit dazed and confused. All of the ideas that Apple pinched for its products are deeply rooted in designs from the past, taking just enough to call it influence rather than infringement. Because there is no denying that the iPod looks eerily similar to the Braun T3 pocket radio.
But, then, did Samsung really copy Apple’s work? Or did the company simply copy an idea that was copied before like a little brother claiming he started the fish stick joke you stole from South Park?
For a smaller digital agency with a collection young talent, some of us rely on our great tastes more than experience. We know what makes great user experiences, apps and websites because of what we’ve seen, rather than what we’ve made. The verdict casts a worrisome shadow over early innovators, because who knows? Maybe a square icon with trimmed corners belongs to Apple too.
Image from Piotr Kwiatkowski