Some design flaws are obvious. They smack you in the face immediately; everyone tears down the designer, and the project either gets redesigned or fades into oblivion. Other mistakes are just small enough for most people not to even notice, but once pointed out they can't be unseen. It's like have a tiny pebble in your shoe you can never get rid of.
What's the point of this long-winded introduction? Someone has spotted that the Send button in Apple's Messages iPhone app (opens in new tab) is very slightly wonky. Behold:
The thoroughly unwanted PSA came from Anh (opens in new tab), and it will surprise precisely no one to hear he's an interface designer. Having announced it on Twitter, he unwittingly opened the door to other designers pointing out myriad other tiny flaws in iOS app icons (opens in new tab).
Bjorn (opens in new tab) commented that the Play button circle in Spotify isn't really a circle at all, but an oval.
Noel Cornell flagged up this glaring error:
The Twitter web spinner is off kilter. Been this way for many months (over a year?). It’s all I can see when it’s on screen. pic.twitter.com/GYgmmgSpkLApril 16, 2019
Product designer Donnie Suazo (opens in new tab) shared this blue-on-black monstrosity within the Maps app.
Ugh. Take a look at the full thread here (opens in new tab), if you're feeling brave. Of course, some are making the point that optical illusions are often used in design – and sometimes a technically 'perfect' design looks wrong to the eye. Case in point, this massive debate surrounding Google's 'incorrect' logo (opens in new tab). It doesn't make it any less irritating once you've spotted the inconsistency though, does it?
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