I’ve just received my copy of Numbers in Graphic Design by Roger Fawcett-Tang.
It’s a stunningly in-depth look at, well, numbers in graphic design (the title gives it away really…). I found out about the project when Roger was kind enough to get in contact to ask permission to use some of my designs in the chapter on Clock Apps.
Highly recommended for anybody with an interest in, you guessed it, numbers or graphic design. It’s published by Laurence King and available from Amazon if you’re interested in getting a copy of your own…
Just a quick update to showcase a few of recent projects I’ve been working on for Peer1 hosting, the UK’s fastest grown hosting company.
As a massive hosting company, they have their fingers in lots of pies so provide opportunities for all types of work – a great client to have and lovely people to work with… If you have any hosting needs, you should check them out.
If you’re interested in the story of how our App Chameleon Clock has been shamelessly ripped-off then you might like a little update…
Apple seem to have done very little so far other than to comment that ‘the dispute seems to be unresolved’. The other company are refusing to remove their App and I think it’s obviously about time Apple stepped up and helped protect the rights of their legitimate developers. I say ‘legitimate’ because the other guys business seems to be based around ripping off other companies apps and bolstering them with obviously fake 5 star reviews.
Our latest response to Apple is as follows:
I’m not having a particularly great day today (I won’t bore you with the details) but the icing on the cake has been the accidental discovery that our Chameleon Clock app has been shamelessly ripped off.
I’ve posted about this sort of thing before but this episode is perhaps even more blatant. Our App Chameleon Clock was released on the 11th of July and although it didn’t change the world it seemed as if a few people liked it’s simple premise.
We’re just in the process of updating it for the iPhone 5 so I did a quick check in the App Store to reference which screenshots would need changing and came across Chameleon Clock™ which was released a couple of months later – plenty of time to code up an app as simple as this… I particularly like the ™ that they’ve added to the name implying that they were somehow the ‘original’.
The developers, Orangeport seem to have a bit of a habit of this sort of thing – a quick search in the App Store for WTHR (a beautiful designed, well reviewed weather app – http://www.wthr.co) also brings up WTHR by Orangeport…
It seems to me that if this is happening with Apps of this level – no offence to the guys behind WTHR but we’re not talking about household name apps here – then this practice must be rife throughout the App Store and it’s about time that Apple did something about it.
Surely it’s not too difficult for Apple, as part of the approval process, to do a quick search of their own store and see if there’s already an app with the same name and functionality? There’s obviously a grey area where apps might coincidentally have similar names and functionality, but in other cases (like the above) it’s just blatantly obvious what’s going on… It’s about time they tightened things up – the current situation isn’t good for developers who are seeing their hard work ripped off or for consumers who accidentally end up buying the wrong app. The only people that benefit are the bastards that steal other people’s IP…
Please Apple, sort it out.