Samsung's design process has come under severe scrutiny over the past year after Apple's claims that several of the Korean firm's products, including the top-of-the-range Galaxy S II smartphone, have ripped off Apple's designs and infringed on its intellectual property.
However, an executive in Samsung's design department insists there's simply no substance to the allegations, and that Apple's baiting is an affront to his “dignity” as a designer.
Lee Minhyouk is Samsung Mobile's vice president of design, and while he acknowledges he has a long way to go to reach the level of Apple's design guru Jonathan Ive, he's adamant that he'll get there one day – and that his design work for Samsung is all original.
“I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products [for the Galaxy range],” Minhyouk told the Chicago Tribune. “Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?”
“As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. [The Galaxy] is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it. It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused.
“I'm confident that one day Samsung will make a product that defines our time, and I hope it's one of mine.”