I was under the impression “pixel perfect” meant aligning the lines with the pixel grid correctly.
Sure, I think it could be used that way. However, when I see the term used, it's often describing the overall quality of the design. High quality == pixel perfect.
It was an interesting read but I wish you had more of a conclusion and an explanation of things I (as a designer) can do to go along that path. The ideals that you describe are definitely agreeable, but without any indication of how you went about them or how anybody else could, it makes me feel as if left in the dark.
After kickstarting my consulting again about 4 months ago, I've been thinking a lot about what kind of design I want to make for my clients.
Early in my career it was a challenge to find satisfaction in my work (mostly because of lack of skill), but now that I'm working for myself and can pick my projects, it's something that's back on my mind.
Anyway, hope someone finds this useful.
Inspiring post. Thanks!