Dave Schwalbach

Industrial Designer
Milwaukee, WI, USA

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  • "I have reset my expectations for success. I feel like making it into one of these roasts truly mean you've arrived. A boy can dream!"
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #16
  • "Design within Reach's prices are still too far out for me, but I assume they are priced better with manufacturing these pieces again, then say searching for the only originals left that are in good shape. I believe that is the point of their organization. This is a style that is coveted by the masses right now, and apparently they are willing to pay top dollar for it. That is there prerogative. Just because we want it, and want it for cheaper doesn't matter. It certainly does not give a new company the right to rip off those designs and sell them. At all... let alone undercut the originals. Make modern mid-century furniture by attempting to modernize it. Show us something different. Give a nod to the original inspiration, perhaps. But copying is not okay. This is like my 8th time making this post on this site in various instances and I don't understand why any reader of this blog would condone that behavior. Designers should be advocates designers, and calling for companies to not rip off other's designs. You know you don't want your designs ripped, and we all know a hack designer steals designs."
    on: The Problem with Joybird's Affordable Mid-Century-Modern-Inspired Furniture
  • "The article above mentions ..."primary question decided by the UK courts was whether or not the Kiddee, an animal-shaped suitcase on wheels, makes a "different overall impression" than the Trunki..."I think it is quite quite clear, that it does NOT make a different overall impression. I am not going to pretend I know how the UK patent system works, and wont try to project the US system onto a UK issue...So answering the initial question posed by the article is the best we can do. It is clear the creator of the Kiddie, saw that Trunki, and said I am gonna make that and sell it for less. I am very surprised so many designers are ok with that. I think the scarier thing for designers should be that you can work so hard to come up with something new to the world, that solves problems, that people want...and someone can come around with more money and rip you off and undercut your product. We as designers should want more from those around us, in our community. It doesn't have to be a surface for surface facsimile to be a rip-off. Now, you might think ripping people off can be good business, but at least acknowledge it is ripping someone off."
    on: Are These Two Designs Illegally Similar? The UK's Supreme Court Says No
  • "I have commented on other threads about copying designs before, and am still baffled at the amount of designers that would argue blatant copying of designs is okay.This is not a matter of being "inspired by" the broyhill arches. This is copy and pasting the broyhill arches onto the object you are now making. An object that is not new in any way. Mid-century consoles, and even record playing consoles, were very popular. Hell, Rain even showed an image of a Broyhill console, with the same arches in the same location, with the same proportions, etc. Its not, therefore, a matter of taking the arches of the broyhill furniture and applying it to a Record player, so it's different. Id only buy that argument if you say, take the arches and apply it to modern stereo equipment, molding it into the high tech body, in hopes your 2016 electronic equipment could live in a "Mad Men" styled home.It is not always about if it is legal or not. Maybe that design motif is no longer legally protected by copyright. That's fine...but then, call the spade a spade. They copied a design in hopes they could make a buck off it. As a design community, not wanting your hard work one day to be purposefully ripped off, I would hope more would not stand for this. Certainly not argue in its favor.One can see the inspiration broyhill got from the architecture in Brazil. They took that theme and embodied it into a line of furniture. That is being "inspired by". Hell, they even nodded the cap by naming the line after the country that inspired it. As far as the ingredients list goes, its about being truthful. If a piece of mine is made mostly of walnut veneer ply, with some walnut hardwood accents, personally I would state that. As others have alluded too, walnut veneer plywood is not a cheap material and has design merits in such an application where warping and movement over time would be an issue. If you try to make people think it is something it is not, to charge more than you should, I think that is just being dishonest."
    on: The Tricky Question of "Inspired By"
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