Don’t Ship Mediocre

I wrote this post about 10 years ago. I wanted to include it as I still very much stand by it. Living by principle and all that.

In the last couple of weeks, I have made quite a bit of experience when it comes to shipping projects and designs. Today I want to share one of the lessons I’ve learned from doing that.

Don’t ship mediocre.

Explanation needed?

If you know that something about your design could be executed better, then change it. There is no excuse for not doing it.

I often find myself ignoring bugs or things I could do better: I just want to ship the project and disregard some of the small things – details I could present better; mostly because motivation or time is lacking.

But finally, as a designer, you always have to try to get the best out of every project, because everything you do represents – and defines you.