Mockup vs. Reality

by Joey deVilla on February 5, 2008

Pictured below are two photos:

  1. The mockup of an International Space Station module at Leicester’s National Space Centre, and
  2. The reality — a photo taken a week ago aboard the actual International Space Station.

ISS: The mockup (clean, ordered) vs. the reality (a mess of cables and gear)
Click the photo to see it at full size.
Photo courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

I think it’s a pretty apt visual metaphor for the difference between your application’s design and the actual implementation.

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1 Adam Wisniewski February 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Looks a bit like the back of my TV

2 benb February 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

just wait till ISS runs on bluetooth! and i totally hear you on app design vs. reality, i am experiencing that right now.

3 LV March 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm

It’s akin to a model house in a planned housing development. The model house is perfect for display and show purposes, but then try and live in it. I may not like the lived-in space station look, but it’s real.

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