[Discuss] discuss Digest, Vol 9, Issue 27

Tom Igoe tom.igoe at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 21:07:29 UTC 2013

> I have a hard time with the idea that where you put buttons on the front of an electronics enclosure will rise to enough of a level of "distinctive" to actually distinguish your product from other products. Seems like you'd have to put an awful lot of effort into it, like how Apple puts so much effort into that one-button on the bottom middle layout.

Them's fightin' words to an industrial designer or interaction designer. For me, that kind of effort is what I try to teach and practice.

> As for protecting yourself from clones by not releasing your front-panel source files, that only makes sense if the files have some kind of distinctive decoration embeded in them, like if the CNC machine carves your logo into the corner. Otherwise you're saving the cloner (a professional) like an hour of work measuring the holes. An amateur, on the other hand, will probably have a lot more trouble recreating a source file for the panel. So you're creating a larger barrier to entry for the people you want to participate in the open project, without really slowing a professional cloner down at all.

Couldn't you do the same as with trade dress?  Put the distinctive features in a separate layer of the design file, and delete that layer


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