These are pictures taken a year ago, when I went to the Hong Kong Apple store with a friend to have my Macbook fixed. Before it went viral, I actually tried distributing the design the old-fashioned way. People took pictures, but stickers were gone the next day, and nothing became of it. But no matter: it blew up online anyway, around this time.

Long before this happened, I already planned to study in Germany for 6 months, so it was an exciting year for me regardless. But not like this, no.

Apple. Coke. Cannes.

To think it all started with the passing of a man.

(the promise I made to myself)



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Happy Birthday Steve.
I debated with myself whether I should post this. I don’t want people to think I’m trying to somehow “top” the previous design or recreate what happened once — not that I believe it’s possible anyway. And the last thing I want is to exploit Steve Jobs’ legacy.
But little did I know, history does repeat itself. Kind of.
Almost immediately after I posted this on Facebook, somebody told me about a Hong Kong band that dedicated a song to the passing of Steve, and their album art… well, see for yourself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrRugZcrkYU
Another tribute graphic, another potential accusation of plagiarism impossible to verify.
The last time I posted a disclaimer regarding my work, it made me look even more suspicious to some people. So consider the fact I’m telling you about a similar design that came before mine, NOT as a preemptive defense for myself, but simply a story that has come full circle in a rather amusing/depressing way that I must share it with you.
Dare I ask… thoughts?

Happy Birthday Steve.

I debated with myself whether I should post this. I don’t want people to think I’m trying to somehow “top” the previous design or recreate what happened once — not that I believe it’s possible anyway. And the last thing I want is to exploit Steve Jobs’ legacy.

But little did I know, history does repeat itself. Kind of.

Almost immediately after I posted this on Facebook, somebody told me about a Hong Kong band that dedicated a song to the passing of Steve, and their album art… well, see for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrRugZcrkYU

Another tribute graphic, another potential accusation of plagiarism impossible to verify.

The last time I posted a disclaimer regarding my work, it made me look even more suspicious to some people. So consider the fact I’m telling you about a similar design that came before mine, NOT as a preemptive defense for myself, but simply a story that has come full circle in a rather amusing/depressing way that I must share it with you.

Dare I ask… thoughts?



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Your Love is my Command
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Would anyone want this on a shirt?

Your Love is my Command

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Would anyone want this on a shirt?



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On the Apple/Steve logo, and unexpected connections.
I was not planning to write at length about this subject anymore, but something made me want to share my thoughts one last time:
I received a comment yesterday from Albert, a Chinese gentleman in his late 50s, who saw a few photos I took that reminded him of his childhood. 
His story is very long, deeply personal, and a joy to read. I was not exactly sure how to respond in the comments, so I’m making this post. Because his message represents everything that’s been so wonderful about the experience.
I’ve been meaning to say this for a while: the best thing about my design going viral is not the publicity, or even the support I got from around the world (even though I greatly appreciate it). It’s the people I get to talk to, and the tales they share with me.
Whether it’s an email from Kevin Kern (the pianist — whose CD I later knew my father actually owns) sharing the role Apple products play in his life due to his visual impairment, or the story of a Chinese woman immigrating to the US, I love it all. I’ve met both “ordinary” people such as myself, and powerful individuals. Their stories and philosophies are equally fascinating.
Interestingly, the things people tell me are not always directly related to Apple, but I find that even more amazing in a way: the design has not only resonated with people concerning Steve’s passing, but has simply become a “window” for me to make all these connections. The comment I just received is not even about the design, but I assume that was how he found my blog.
It would be naive of me to think all these responses are a start to many friendships, but I treasure all these bits and pieces of life experiences people have shared. I’ll never forget the experience.
So, thank you, Albert, for your comment. It was a long and delightful read.
Maybe you’d like to share your thoughts? ;)

On the Apple/Steve logo, and unexpected connections.

I was not planning to write at length about this subject anymore, but something made me want to share my thoughts one last time:

I received a comment yesterday from Albert, a Chinese gentleman in his late 50s, who saw a few photos I took that reminded him of his childhood. 

His story is very long, deeply personal, and a joy to read. I was not exactly sure how to respond in the comments, so I’m making this post. Because his message represents everything that’s been so wonderful about the experience.

I’ve been meaning to say this for a while: the best thing about my design going viral is not the publicity, or even the support I got from around the world (even though I greatly appreciate it). It’s the people I get to talk to, and the tales they share with me.

Whether it’s an email from Kevin Kern (the pianist — whose CD I later knew my father actually owns) sharing the role Apple products play in his life due to his visual impairment, or the story of a Chinese woman immigrating to the US, I love it all. I’ve met both “ordinary” people such as myself, and powerful individuals. Their stories and philosophies are equally fascinating.

Interestingly, the things people tell me are not always directly related to Apple, but I find that even more amazing in a way: the design has not only resonated with people concerning Steve’s passing, but has simply become a “window” for me to make all these connections. The comment I just received is not even about the design, but I assume that was how he found my blog.

It would be naive of me to think all these responses are a start to many friendships, but I treasure all these bits and pieces of life experiences people have shared. I’ll never forget the experience.

So, thank you, Albert, for your comment. It was a long and delightful read.

Maybe you’d like to share your thoughts? ;)



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My response to the disputed originality of the Apple/Steve design:
I have broken the unspoken rule of how to reblog on Tumblr by putting my response on top, but I believe it’s necessary for people to see this:
I have indeed been informed by others earlier last night (perhaps even earlier, but I was too overwhelmed by emails to notice) of RAID71’s work.
People have accused me of ripping off photos such as this one, which I have already seen when I did the Google search after having the idea. Whether you take my word for it or not, the visual similarities of these images are irrelevant to the design concept, in my opinion, and do not merit the comparison.
RAID71’s design, on the other hand, does indeed contain the very same idea. Although it is impossible to verify it now that all this happened, I honestly did not come across his work while searching for terms such as “Apple, Steve Jobs, logo, silhouette”. I did my best to ensure that the idea had not been done before.
It probably does not help that I have expressed uncertainties about the originality of my work, but my paranoia stemmed from the apparent simplicity of the concept. The visual connection between Steve’s profile and the logo seemed too obvious to not have been picked up on yet. Turns out, I’m right.
I will not apologize for “ripping off” Mr. Thornley’s work, because like others who have created similar pieces at around the same time (blatant copies notwithstanding), I have arrived at this design on my own.
I do, however, wish to say sorry for not dealing with this as quickly as I probably should have, but I was struggling with how to word my response properly last night.
A final clarification: I have NOT made any money from this, and have only answered people who offered to donate all their proceedings to charities with the condition of receiving a receipt or other confirmation of the donation.
I have yet to hear back from Apple and do not know how they view the issue, but for the time being, please support RAID71’s cause.
bentheillustrator:

THIS GRAPHIC IS A RIP-OFF.This image has been all over the internet for the passed few days, however this graphic is a rip-off, it was produced earlier this year by Chris Thornley aka RAID71 for an editorial piece, you can see it featured on Creative Review here » http://www.creativereview.co.ukSadly Raid71 is currently going through cancer treatment himself right now.  An online store has been set-up selling his artwork and raising funds for the hospital’s cancer charity that is caring for him » http://www.raid71.bigcartel.comI do appreciate that the designer who is getting all the attention for this image actually said that it may have been done before, and to let him know if it has (his post is below) but people have posted on his blog and he’s not referenced it.  If some of the people who have praised this image could credit the originator, RAID71, and help to promote his online print shop in aid of Royal Manchester’s cancer charity then that would be brilliant, thanks.As he is the actual originator of this image please support Raid71’s online store » http://www.raid71.bigcartel.com
jmak:

Thanks, Steve.
Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!
Thoughts?

My response to the disputed originality of the Apple/Steve design:

I have broken the unspoken rule of how to reblog on Tumblr by putting my response on top, but I believe it’s necessary for people to see this:

I have indeed been informed by others earlier last night (perhaps even earlier, but I was too overwhelmed by emails to notice) of RAID71’s work.

People have accused me of ripping off photos such as this one, which I have already seen when I did the Google search after having the idea. Whether you take my word for it or not, the visual similarities of these images are irrelevant to the design concept, in my opinion, and do not merit the comparison.

RAID71’s design, on the other hand, does indeed contain the very same idea. Although it is impossible to verify it now that all this happened, I honestly did not come across his work while searching for terms such as “Apple, Steve Jobs, logo, silhouette”. I did my best to ensure that the idea had not been done before.

It probably does not help that I have expressed uncertainties about the originality of my work, but my paranoia stemmed from the apparent simplicity of the concept. The visual connection between Steve’s profile and the logo seemed too obvious to not have been picked up on yet. Turns out, I’m right.

I will not apologize for “ripping off” Mr. Thornley’s work, because like others who have created similar pieces at around the same time (blatant copies notwithstanding), I have arrived at this design on my own.

I do, however, wish to say sorry for not dealing with this as quickly as I probably should have, but I was struggling with how to word my response properly last night.

A final clarification: I have NOT made any money from this, and have only answered people who offered to donate all their proceedings to charities with the condition of receiving a receipt or other confirmation of the donation.

I have yet to hear back from Apple and do not know how they view the issue, but for the time being, please support RAID71’s cause.

bentheillustrator:

THIS GRAPHIC IS A RIP-OFF.

This image has been all over the internet for the passed few days, however this graphic is a rip-off, it was produced earlier this year by Chris Thornley aka RAID71 for an editorial piece, you can see it featured on Creative Review here » http://www.creativereview.co.uk

Sadly Raid71 is currently going through cancer treatment himself right now.  An online store has been set-up selling his artwork and raising funds for the hospital’s cancer charity that is caring for him » http://www.raid71.bigcartel.com

I do appreciate that the designer who is getting all the attention for this image actually said that it may have been done before, and to let him know if it has (his post is below) but people have posted on his blog and he’s not referenced it.  If some of the people who have praised this image could credit the originator, RAID71, and help to promote his online print shop in aid of Royal Manchester’s cancer charity then that would be brilliant, thanks.

As he is the actual originator of this image please support Raid71’s online store » http://www.raid71.bigcartel.com

jmak:

Thanks, Steve.

Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!

Thoughts?



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The emails, the interviews, the well wishes.
None of that compare to the fact that my design has reached 180000 people. I’m very glad that it has struck a chord in so many people’s hearts, and it’s a true testament to Steve’s influence and accomplishments.
I am so overwhelmed with work right now that I don’t even have the time to type out a proper post.
So thank you.
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P.S. I’ll do a follow-up post shortly dealing with questions about the usage of my design.

The emails, the interviews, the well wishes.

None of that compare to the fact that my design has reached 180000 people. I’m very glad that it has struck a chord in so many people’s hearts, and it’s a true testament to Steve’s influence and accomplishments.

I am so overwhelmed with work right now that I don’t even have the time to type out a proper post.

So thank you.

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P.S. I’ll do a follow-up post shortly dealing with questions about the usage of my design.



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Thanks, Steve.
Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!
Thoughts?
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Edited on 9th October: Please read my response regarding the disputed originality of the design.

Thanks, Steve.

Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!

Thoughts?

**********

Edited on 9th October: Please read my response regarding the disputed originality of the design.



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