Archive | December 2010

Ah! But what means this term- "designer" ?

“A designer product is usually a product associated with a named, recognized designer i.e. it has brand recognition. it is also supposed to be better designed, trendier, higher fashion. Examples are all the new product lines introduced at Target, and Martha Stewart. Whether or not they are designed by the designer who’s name is attached (all designers claim they are deeply involved, and most provide design direction to a staff of young designers), the implication is the designer has had significant syle input and is vouching for the trend-right fashion.” Vicki Lederman, Product Design and Development Director at Bush Industries (on LinkedIN)

I like the above answer and have reopened the question for comments here. More soon.

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Design Protection- part 1

Recently someone asked me if I had patented certain craft products that were  developed. Not only the admirer of the products, but also the commissioning agency themselves had doubts about the ownership of the designs. “They belong to the craftsmen”, I offered. There were doubts, skeptics. “But they will fight amongst themselves, that this is my design and that is his design….” .

Jimmy Wales looked quite dapper in his white coat and the sunshine brought out the spark in his eyes. This was at a conference some years back. The topic of discussion was open knowledge. Wikipedia had plans to come up with an encyclopedia of the sorts that would incorporate all the information available on the wiki into a compilation of books.

That time I was in middle of a  project regarding protection of traditional crafts knowledge in the country. So, Jimmy Wales’s presentation of his ideas created a debate in my mind…. Open knowledge, yes….but how much…?

We live in a world where we take knowledge for granted. One man’s rubbish could be another man’s treasure. We also live in a country where each village consists of artists par excellence, hidden in their huts and fighting for a living earned through their traditional expertise on material, often referred to as crafts. Ironically, there are also those housewives who use the branding “designer” without so much as understanding the process, marketing themselves relentlessly and earn more than the poor embroiderer who is employed to thread a pattern.

It is thrown again and again at me. Patents. Trademark. Registeration. Copyright.

But the image of Jimmy Wales in his white suit and his super smile also keeps reminding me ….to share knowledge……with those who need it.

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Surfing the water

Nature has ways of treating us to its bounty..and we have exotic ways of exploring the waters. Check some of these beauties that I just saw at the international boat show in town. It was pretty much cluttered to take shots, but managed a few. Jet skis, kayaks, yatchs and more. One yatch somewhat resembled the perfect cut of a diamond . At the end were a couple of gentlemen who posed for me outside an Eco Hut on display.

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