Everyone lauds Vesper


Vesper is a new note-taking app, released today. Everybody has a post about it, but the only one I’ve seen so far that really struck me was one by Trevor McKendrick, who argues that “gush[ing] on about how it’s a great app and well designed ad nauseum” is disingenuous.

Why Vesper will Succeed:

What we should be talking about is how John Gruber, for a decade, has been writing and thinking and adding commentary to the Apple ecosystem. He has a massive audience, and he’s earned the attention of every single one of his readers.

What we should be talking about is how Brent Simmons has written great software since as long as we can all remember. His commitment to consistently making wonderful things has earned him the trust of much of the developer community, and he deserves it all.

What we should be talking about is how Dave Wiskus’s helped grow Black Pixel to be one of the best known iOS and Mac agencies in the world. This too has earned him the attention and respect of many people like you and me.

I couldn’t agree more. The only reason I would buy this app — which, frankly, doesn’t appeal to me at all — would be to support the makers in general.

Which is kinda sad, in a way, for Vesper, but presumably works just fine for its creators. A lot of people will buy it not because it’s particularly good, but because they have good faith in the people that made it. Others will buy it even though they don’t need it, but to chuck a few bucks towards people who they respect.

It’s unjust on both ends of the spectrum when work gets judged more by who made it than its own quality. And it makes me feel a little queasy to see people rave about something mediocre just because one of the Internet Big Boys popped it out.

Not that I’m saying Vesper is mediocre. I haven’t tried it. I doubt it’s as good as the reviews. Another injustice would be writing it off just because “that’s fine for Gruber, Wiskus and Simmons”. There’s a big section of the internet population that seem to just despise John Gruber.

Instead, we’d do ourselves better by remembering that the the real work is being great – whatever that means in your field – over long periods of time. That is what earns you the trust of an audience, and that is why these three have succeeded.