Jonathan Mak

Student's tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs 'not a rip-off'

A tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs by a Hong Kong design student is not original, but it is not a rip-off, the teenager says.

Jonathan Mak, 19, said he was not the first to come up with the design that fits Jobs's silhouette into the bite of the Apple logo. He was speaking after comments surfaced on Twitter that a UK-based designer, known as Raid71 on the web, created the original design in May. But Mak added that he was unaware of the design by Raid71 when he posted his tribute on the internet, which spread like wildfire in cyberspace after Jobs died on Wednesday, aged 56.

The logo drew hundreds of thousands of posts, and commemorative caps and T-shirts peddled on eBay featured his design.

Mak, a student at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University School of Design, acknowledged he was not the original creator of the design. "I didn't rip off his work," Mak said. "I still arrived at the solution on my own, and my conscience is still clear, but I'm more than happy to acknowledge the fact that somebody did it before me." Like Mak's design, the UK-based designer fits Jobs's silhouette into the bite of the Apple logo. But the dimensions and proportions of that design differ from Mak's logo.

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