Devir Kahan regarding the glossy shine that Apple applies to app icons by default:
In my opinion, this Apple shine on all apps looks nothing short of terrible. It makes icons appear bubble-like and juvenile. By far and away the best icons are the ones without this annoying shine. Any half decent icon design skips the shine, and any icon with the shine is almost by default ugly.
I couldn’t agree more. Of all the app icons on my iPhone, not a single one of my favorite designs includes the shine.
(Via Ben Brooks.)