Matt Chapman

Product Development Manager
London, UK

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  • "Those suggesting this has nothing to do with headphones and is probably more to do with those rogue app developers making hardware that connected using the headphone port as an analogue input/output connection (via an audio signal) - are probably spot on.Now the only way to link hardware to your iPhone is via Bluetooth or the Lightning Port.You can now wave goodbye to cheap and cheerful iPhone accessories!"
    on: Why Apple Ditched the Headphone Jack
  • "Or just buy one of these... http://www.outdoortechnology.com/Shop/Adapt/"
    on: Why Apple Ditched the Headphone Jack
  • "Sorry - got a bit deep there... "but trust me on the sunscreen!"What I was trying to communicate was, keep making decisions/choice and at some point a niche will present itself that ignites a passionate response in you, and you will then find similar opportunities begin to present themselves along your chosen career path as your decisions will inherently make sure they do."
    on: Is It Better to Find a Niche in Design or Keep It Broad?
  • "Is the little sketch of a person reversible? I wonder if it has a female version on the other side?"
    on: A Birthday Card That Has Been Re-Gifted 94 Times Between Two Relatives
  • "Anyone have a client who had this in their style guide colour palette? "
    on: Researchers Determine Pantone 448C is the Ugliest Color Available
  • "Sadly, now more than 50 years on, I think the arches are fair game to anyone wishing to recycle their design. The Kent Coffey - Perspecta pieces at least attempt to do something slightly different with the opposing pair of arches. Probably because they were launched only a year after the original.The Luno piece is a more direct modern interpretation of Broyhill's original Brasilia work. I imagine the Luno designer preferred using the words "mid-century-inspired" so no-one could google Broyhill and Brasilia and refute what they heralded as their own moment of creative genius, and show it to be mere plagiarism.However, as has been said many times before - nothing is original anymore. Everything is inspired/triggered/effected by something. What counts is that the market it is aimed at believes it to be original... and you don't infringe anyone's registered IPR in the process."
    on: The Tricky Question of "Inspired By"
  • "In my experience, it's less finding a niche and more niche(s) finding you, or presenting themselves to you, as you progress through your career. Every decision you make in your career takes you somewhere different. That's life. Worrying about a decision is actually a decision in itself, and never worry about a decision you have already made... you can't change the past. "
    on: Is It Better to Find a Niche in Design or Keep It Broad?
  • "Love the footage. Did a bit of research. There is an interesting interview with Tim Manning, the Burton Snowbaords Film Director and Video Manager, here:http://greenlabel.com/action/interview-burton-snowboards-director-tim-manning-gives-a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-the-making-of-peace-park-3/ He also mentions Corey Koniniec, who is a motion stabilization specialist. Apparently the footage, when they shot a similar sequence in 2014, was taken by a skier they hired. However on the Motion State website it lists Corey as the MoVI (camera rig) operator, like here:http://motionstate.com/portfolio-item/burton-presents-2014-trailer/ Searching their names combined came up with a few others - Justin Eeles, Aaron Leyland, Gabe L'Heureux. Who all look like seasoned filmers."
    on: How the Hell Did They Shoot This?!?
  • "I'm still loving the American Bricks made in 1946 by ELGO Plastics Company... ELGO... really!!!!"
    on: The History of Interlocking Toy Bricks
  • "Agree with Kirk Dyer, this is not a new phenomenon. AliExpress is a portal just like Amazon and eBay. It is the direct-to-consumer arm of Alibaba which is the famous supply-chain platform for businesses seeking Far-East factories. They take no responsibility for self-policing the legitimacy of the products posted on their website (from my experience - much like Amazon and eBay).Enterprising individuals or small businesses in China will often search blogs, such as Core77, for desirable products and then list them on Alibaba and AliExpress to see if there is a demand that they can then supply. They often use other people's images because at the time of listing they haven't even considered how they would make it, let alone produced a prototype. In a lot of cases they aren't even a factory themselves and are a trading company (an agent) who will find a capable factory when they have enough demand.What also contributes to this phenomenon are international retailer buyers, who travel to the Far-East with mood boards and spec sheets full of images of other people's products. They pass these visuals and demands on to eager suppliers and ask them to quote on making them "something similar to that". They often have no regard for the origin of the original product, the IPR that may already exist, or the consequences of their actions. The China-based suppliers frantically put together quotes and prototypes of a design that isn't legally theirs to copy in the hope of winning a big order. However they often miss out due to cost or quality so then list the item on Alibaba in case anyone else is also interested.Everyone in the chain will use ignorance as a defense, but ultimately they are fueling the IPR-copying pandemic. To be fair to the China-based suppliers, even designs with proper IP protection can be produced legally in China if there is no Chinese IP protection in place. It's only when the item is imported in to a region where IPR exists that there are issues and this action is often performed by logistics companies working on behalf of the international retailers."
    on: Flotstealing: What's Going On with This Design Knockoff?
  • "I can say, without fear of legal pursuit, that it does not surprise me that PMS International is involved in such a case. They have previous. I should know - it was a copy of a product that I designed and protected with a CRD that they imported in to the UK.Totally aside from that distasteful encounter, I would be very interested to know how much design of the Kiddie case was done by PMS. I imagine it was primarily designed by the engineering department of a Chinese manufacturer who did so with one sole objective - to make a cheap version of the Trunki that would confuse consumers and take sales revenue from the original IP owner's product."
    on: Are These Two Designs Illegally Similar? The UK's Supreme Court Says No
  • "I'd like them to demonstrate what is "95% grated" in order for that word order stuff to stick. By suggesting that breaking a product title up on to multiple lines somehow allows you to select what applies to what, would mean that "Parmesan" didn't necessarily have to relate to "cheese"?I wouldn't put it beyond Castle Cheese Inc then selling their empty cans of cellulose to a Taiwanese builder to put in their concrete!"
    on: How to Fool Americans with Fake Italian Cheese: Add...Wood Pulp?
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