Richard Hart

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Kent, UK

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It’s the polish that takes the longest

After spending a few hours in Photoshop trying to get some buttons to just look “right”, I started to think about how I seem to spend the majority of my time adding “polish” to applications. Getting features in is easy, getting them working nicely and looking great is hard. It’s the 80/20 principle, it’s that final 20% that makes the difference between good and great. Apple is the obvious choice of reference here when it comes to polish. Their products are polished to such a high degree, that can’t help but I wonder what percentage of time they spend getting it right over getting it done.