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With critics and consumers alike voicing displeasure with the industrial design choices made in its latest flagship smartphone, Samsung on Thursday replaced mobile design leader Chang Dong-hoon with deputy Lee Min-hyouk.

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Chang will give up his mobile design responsibilities to focus on a broader design language for each of the units under Samsung's corporate umbrella, according to Reuters. A massive conglomerate, Samsung's reach extends from shipyards to heavy industry and semiconductor manufacturing.

"The realignment will enable Chang to focus more on his role as head of the Design Strategy Team, the company's corporate design center which is responsible for long-term design strategy across all of Samsung's businesses, including Mobile Communications," Samsung told Reuters in a statement.

Thursday's move comes after a number of publications criticized the S5's construction. The Wall Street Journal said the Galaxy S5's textured back was reminiscent of a Band-Aid, while the International Business Times led with the headline "Samsung Galaxy S5: Looks Cheap, Feels Cheap."

Lee -- formerly an automotive designer -- is widely credited with the Galaxy line's initial design, which was well received upon the handsets' debut. It was those same designs, however, that eventually led Apple to sue Samsung.

"As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it," Lee said in 2012 when Samsung and Apple were beginning to square off in court. "It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused."

Courts by and large have not agreed with Lee's take, and Apple's legal challenges have been wildly successful. The iPhone maker has secured sales bans of Samsung products in a number of jurisdictions and been awarded more than $900 million in U.S.-based lawsuits.
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'Design' chief? Seriously?
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Seems more like a promotion than a sack - why not fix the headline?
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Seems more like a promotion than a sack - why not fix the headline?
Because the former would have no reason for being an article here and the latter is good click bait. With the number of Samsung related articles here they might as well rename this site Samsung Insider.
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He was in charge of design and all the office copiers. Sometimes you just get confused when have duel responsibilities.
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"As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it," Lee said in 2012 when Samsung and Apple were beginning to square off in court. "

I don't believe he had the nerves to make that statement. How much of dignity has this guy got left ?

Notice how Samsungs been trying lately through ads / reports lately to show they were indeed "Original" ?

Part of there mind share damage control I suppose. People that realise Samsung copied off Apple have dignity issues buying there products. They are trying to fix that by making false claims.
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But their commercials said the 5S was such a great phone!
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Why would they fire the guy when they are spending a lot of money to promote the design of their flagship phone? They just gave a big presentation about the design of the S5 and how it's like a diamond etc. And they just released the ad campaign highlighting all the glowing reviews from Business Insider etc. They're too smart to undercut all that by firing the phone's designer. It must be a promotion as a reward for making the S5 such an awesome industrial design object.
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Who's going to push the "Start" button on the copy machine now?
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He was in charge of design and all the office copiers. Sometimes you just get confused when have duel responsibilities.

 

 

"Office" copier! I thought I was the Apple copier.

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Seems more like a promotion than a sack - why not fix the headline?

How is having one of your titles and most visible responsibilities striped a promotion.  He already had the other title but was replace as the designer of the product that they clearly thinking is most important with the crazy money they spent on trying to stupefy the American public. Its a sack.  They just need him to keep up the lies in the courtrooms.  A pissed off ex employee just wouldn't work out for them.    

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So diamonds aren't forever, after all.
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But their commercials said the 5S was such a great phone!

The 5S is the iPhone. Is it really that hard to type SGS 5?
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And his lifeless body will be found in the hull of a Samsung shipping lines boat five years from now.

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'Design' chief? Seriously?

I found his pic: http://www.governmentauctions.org/uploaded_images/copier-776439.JPG

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I found his pic: http://www.governmentauctions.org/uploaded_images/copier-776439.JPG

LOL
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Why would they fire the guy when they are spending a lot of money to promote the design of their flagship phone?

Sacked?? According to the source article they didn't fire him.

"Chang Dong-hoon offered to resign last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, vice president for mobile design, a Samsung spokeswoman said on Thursday...
Chang, a former professor who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will continue to lead Samsung's design center which overseas its overall design strategy."
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post #18 of 80

But, but, but I thought the S5 was selling out everywhere....

 

But, but, but I thought it was the next big thing....

 

Constipated Odo is depressed.

 

 

Truth is their design chief has been and will always be Sir Jonathan Ive

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Perhaps Mr Lee Min-hyouk needs to take an extra training course before taking up his post. His predecessor may have learnt how to switch the copier button on, but he still made a crap job of creating anything even approaching the quality or sophistication of an iphone.
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Because Samsung couldn't sack Apple's design chief...

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"As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it," Lee said in 2012 when Samsung and Apple were beginning to square off in court.

 

This is one of those Palin-like quotes that sound like they came from The Onion but were actually uttered in full earnestness by some fool somewhere.  Real life, when it gets strange, gets really strange.

post #22 of 80
Samsung had a design chief, who knew?
Makes for a great post on Reddit - TIL Samsung Mobile had a design chief
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One must wonder just how much latitude this guy was allowed. Was he in a position to say for example 'no plastic back' or was he hamstrung by Scamsung's management? Just because he was sacked doesn't mean he was responsible, perhaps the fall guy.

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""As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it," Lee said in 2012"

That's funny - I thought they said it was just a rounded rectangle.
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Sacked?? According to the source article they didn't fire him.

"Chang Dong-hoon offered to resign last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, vice president for mobile design, a Samsung spokeswoman said on Thursday...
Chang, a former professor who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will continue to lead Samsung's design center espionage unit which overseas its overall design strategy."

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post #26 of 80
They are clueless when it comes to industrial design. Until Apple does another paradigm shift they have no idea what's next. Keep adding features is what future means to them.
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Seems more like a promotion than a sack - why not fix the headline?
How is having one of your titles and most visible responsibilities striped a promotion.  He already had the other title but was replace as the designer of the product that they clearly thinking is most important with the crazy money they spent on trying to stupefy the American public. Its a sack.  They just need him to keep up the lies in the courtrooms.  A pissed off ex employee just wouldn't work out for them.    

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post #28 of 80
Man, Scott Forstall just cannot get a break!... Samsung sacks mobile design chief.

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I guess Samsung's "Next Big Thing" didn't turn out to be that "Big" after all.

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post #30 of 80
His favorite design tool was a copier.
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Korean Corporate culture at it's finest .... Samdung.
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No, but the fact that they choose that naming convention speaks volumes to their desire to copy the iPhone at every turn.

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From the dictionary in Mavericks:

3 (the sack) informal dismissal from employment:

He hasn't been dismissed from employment at all, so AI are lying by stating something as fact, which isn't.
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"Chang Dong-hoon offered to resign last week and will be replaced by ...."

Surely, you've worked in a corporation before? If so, you know what the phrase "...offered to resign..." means?!

 

It's the other corporate variant of the classic "...for personal reasons...".

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Seems more like a promotion than a sack - why not fix the headline?

yeah he is going on to design ships and washing machine for Samsung.

 

The problem is the fact the Samsung force him to come out with designs faster than apple was so not to appear they were copying anymore, since he had nothing to copy from he failed since a copier can not copy anything if it not on the glass to to copy.


Edited by Maestro64 - 5/8/14 at 9:05am
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"Design Thief" more like it. ShameSung feels the heat. Is it a coincidence that apple calls their iPhone "5S" and shamesung flips the letters around and makes it into S5, their phone.
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@netmage
Agreed not just misleading headline, factually incorrect. "Sacked" means fired. He is not fired at all, if anything it does sound like a promotion.
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@netmage
Agreed not just misleading headline, factually incorrect. "Sacked" means fired. He is not fired at all, if anything it does sound like a promotion.

have to agree, but no one really get fired from Samsung, unless they get arrested by their government but I suspect they are still on the payroll even while in jail.

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