‘Crisis of Design’

From the current Apple vs Samsung proceedings earlier today, here’s part of an email thread between managers at Samsung circa 2007, after the original iPhone launched (via Apple Insider):

All this time we’ve been paying all our attention to Nokia, and concentrated our efforts on things like Folder, Bar, Slide, yet when our [product] is compared to the unexpected competitor Apple’s iPhone, the difference is truly that of Heaven and Earth. It’s a crisis of design.

I believe it was T.S. Elliot who said, “Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal and then there’s that shit Samsung pulls.”