Friday, 13 November 2015

Minimal Effort - Bike Design Stolen Again

In 2011, I started to design bikes, I produced these images for a bike concept I was working on, these where some of the very first designs rendered, numerous iterations followed, pedal power, ebike, direct drive, belt drive, mono shock suspension(lefty), or hardtail etc. Imagine my surprise when just yesterday I found a bike just like it on Behance, one of the places I first published the design, along with LinkedIn,,000 views to date), GrabCad, and this blog.

Over the years I continued to design many other product ideas, and like a fool, you release these ideas into the wild, through sites like GrabCad, and for every person that can be bothered to click the like button, there are many more who download the images(for what?) but cant be bothered to say thanks.

I will be asking GrabCad to provide info on who Downloads, not just who Likes, far more interesting information to have, IP would be even better. Using the I.P. to catch the IP thieves.
Design Pirates Lurk on every street corner, one image could contain many months of thoughts, refinements, ideas, mistakes, leaps of logic, aesthetic judgements, etc...all can be stolen in an instant,
"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research"

More info to follow on the story of the 2014 & the Oregon Bike Fest, Minimal Design (MNML) and the Blackline Bike. I was also alerted to Kaymen Bikes design of 2014, another bike that looks like a design of mine from 2013, a little more fastnbulbus perhaps, but a sibling without doubt.

In all the articles on the web about the Blackline bike I find it really strange they don't talk about the things that matter, the design engineering challenge that had to be overcome to provide a rigid enough frame(one that wont bend), also that they had to farm out the design to various teams, which makes me wonder did they not have the design skills to design handlebars or a bike rack, perhaps it was just a case of time? I have a further set of images which proves they have taken many other cues from various other bikes.

I am currently compiling all the info of the offending parties, so I can send them all a further piece of my mind. So far the list of companies mentioned in the articles about the bike are numerous, with sponsors like Levi's, Fuji, Samsung, and so called authorities/societies like IDSA, the bike was a winner of an IDSA Gold award...

So must get too it, will update as more info comes in,
in the meantime unleash the beast

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Going the Extra Mile through Paper Towns

The Plot thickens...Sharing designs before final iteration is a bad idea...but we all know the outdated Patent system is a racket, why does a song writer get automatic protection for 25 to 50 years, while the designer gets design rights only for 3 years? Wayback in 2013, I experimented with a couple of design ideas, I produced a number of designs released them here & GrabCad. I had so many other ideas I wanted to commit to Paper(CAD), that these design ideas lay dormant. Due to recent interest in the designs, and the revelations of the last week, it is time to revisit these designs and merge them into final product. Obviously I am a little concerned that while devoting more time to this, my other creations will be lying there waiting to be stolen while I'm not looking. Who knows how many more ebike scams will happen in the meantime, but its time to use the momentum & kinetic energy that has built up around these early concepts.

This was one of the other designs done at the same time (the PoGo a GoGo), it's time to merge the thinking of all the iterations into one killer bike. I need foot soldiers to help me spread the word of whats coming down the tracks, just a few more extra miles to GoGo Put a Motor in this one and and the Sondors ebike will vanish in a Dust Storm. Though what seems clear about the successful funding scams is they are not buying because of great design or features, its usually because the price is too good to be true.

Friday, 23 October 2015

GoGo Bike Scammers Caught Red Handed!

Well its been an interesting few days, I was alerted to the fact that this ebike concept, produced in 2013, was causing a stir on IndieGoGo. Thanks to all those who contacted me after recognizing the bike as mine. Images Taken Without Consent! More on this as soon as I've compiled the info. Took 2 days to get the Campaign Pulled but it's down now and hopefully people will recieve their refunds ASAP. The experience has been interesting but not unexpected, perhaps it's time to re-visit this design & finish it. I've been so busy creating other designs to get them out of my mind and into the computer, whilst searching for the best product to launch for crowdfunding, with all the doubts that go with such undertakings. So far no explanation or redress, public statement has been offered from IndieGoGo I wonder will they help to track down the fraudsters & prosecute? I doubt it but I will let you know what happens.