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Tuesday
Mar082011

The face of good software design

Yes, it’s the inevitable “what Apple does right” post.

Because I’m some sort of Luddite, I only just recently upgraded my iPhoto library to take advantage of Faces. And when I did, I was really struck by the wait screen while it worked.


A lot of developers’ first instinct would be to have the faces that iPhoto was recognizing flip by quickly, emphasizing the power and speed of the application. Apple, on the other hand. holds on each recognized face for a surprisingly long time.

They realized that I don’t care about the app, I care about the people. A bunch of flickering images aren’t going to resonate with me. A reminder of when my nieces would stare at a camera like the flash was going to steal their baby souls, on the other hand, I can let run for quite a while.

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