Even The Best Carpenter Has Things To Hide

After reading the authorized Steve Jobs biography I came away impressed at the integrity he had with the products he created, even in those places where no one would really look:

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

It really shows in all the products that Apple produces that they do spend a lot of time making sure that they look good both inside and out. It is therefore a little disappointing when you discover blemishes in one of those hard-to-see places, like I just found in the Mac App Store. OS X Lion introduced a vertical bounce to scroll views that implement this new feature. The Mac App Store was one of those and on a bounce I discovered an interesting defect (click to enlarge):

They are using a patterned image for the background of the scroll view, but it looks like it doesn't have enough height to hide the fact that the pattern is being repeated. You might have to squint just a little bit to see the lines (if I hadn't put those arrows on), but the fact they are there is a little bit of a let down. Oh well, I guess even the best carpenters have things to hide.

Posted on Nov 19
Written by Wayne Hartman