Friday, October 15, 2010

[WP7Dev] Attention to detail is VITAL!

Take a look at this screenshot of some of the apps already in the marketplace, as shown in the Zune desktop client.

Notice how some of the images look very odd. They look very much like they've been created as white images with a transparent background on the intention/assumption that they will always be displayed on a black background. Yes, that assumption was wrong.

Remember, Windows Phone 7 is a platform where quality is essential. How you do something is more important than what you do.

The marketplace is like your store front and the icon is like your packaging. Would you think twice about something with poorly printed packaging? Would it make you question the attention to detail paid in the rest of the production process? And, would you even reconsider buying from a store where products were poorly packaged?

Please don't make this same mistake with your apps.

Bad apps don't just hurt the developers, they hurt all developers as they hurt the platform. If it was up to me apps with images like that shown above would have failed the submission process.


  1. Totally agree with this. It only makes the platform look worse. Some of the app icons and backgrounds look like they have been done in paint... :/

  2. @Eugene Yes, the impression that it gives to the platform was my biggest concern. Unfortunately platforms are often judeged by the apps people create for them. Paint's not all bad though. I still use it from time to time when I need to quickly resize or crop something or if I need to tweak individual pixels. :)


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