This afternoon, I met up with a designer who was in town for a few days. We were catching up and talking shop over drinks, when she brought up an issue near and dear to every designer’s heart (paraphrased).
We ship things sometimes and it’s not how I pictured it. It’s not as great as it could be. We do these two week sprints and people keep saying that it’s good enough, so we ship at the end. But I know it’s not as great as it can be. And we keep saying we’ll go back to fix it, but I know we probably won’t. I look at other products and how well-designed they are and I just don’t see how to reach that level.
We all know that feeling. You’ve got a vision or even a fully-realized design and the end-result that gets shipped seems lacking. There was a corner case that wasn’t totally accounted for and kind of looks weird. A feature that turned out to be more difficult to implement than you...
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