Brent Simmons on standard controls becoming the fashionable and practical choice again.
I especially like his point about cost. I can’t believe how much money some developers spend on paying a large team to do tons of work on problems and markets that can’t justify the cost.
I lucked out in Overcast’s market timing: I only had to hire a damn good designer for the app icon. I was able to design everything else — every screen, every in-app icon,1 all of the text — because what’s in fashion today is much easier for non-artists like me to do: whitespace, clean lines, and good typography.
Apps with full-time designers can turn out amazingly, but a designer is no longer an absolute requirement to make a good-looking app. And that’s better for everyone: small developers can ship more apps, faster, for less money, and designers can focus on more interesting problems than making your table cells look passable.