John Gruber talks about the recent Braun v. Apple graphic that’s been floating around, (something which was actually done better a long time ago by Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo). He talks about the difference between ripoff and homage, and what makes Apple’s Braun-inspired designs different than Samsung’s copies of the iPhone.
I think that it’s even simpler than that, though. Ive freely admits that Rams continues to influence him to this day. When was the last time you heard a Samsung designer publicly admit (outside of court) that they were influenced by the designs of Jony Ive, or anyone else at Apple? Never.
Ive’s designs for Apple apply the Braun aesthetic to devices that depart widely in purpose and function from the original Rams-crafted products. Samsung took Apple’s design for a smartphone and applied it directly to…a smartphone. And then tried to pretend that they didn’t.