Slack’s design is not secret sauce(

over 6 years ago from Ian Goode, Designer & Developer at Axonista

  • Jeff CouturierJeff Couturier, over 6 years ago

    I don't think he realizes he's doing it, just as many others in this field don't realize that defining design to mean merely visual aesthetic degrades their profession.

    The author repeatedly makes the point that design is just the look, and uses that as the foundation for his entire premise: that design alone isn't responsible for Slack being such a great app.

    The point I'm making here is that this narrow definition of design is not only incorrect, but it harms us as designers by depleting the value of design itself. It reduces design to just the paint applied to the widget. For a much more detailed explanation of what I'm referring to, I highly recommend reading this (as well as the rest of the series).

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    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 6 years ago

      The author repeatedly makes the point that design is just the look

      I'm longer certain we're reading the same post. Yes, he mentions visual design. But he also mentions that it's fun to use. Regardless, his definition of design is a minute aspect of the post as it's focused on factors that most certainly are not design - timing, pr, team-building, etc.

      But in regards to the post you've referenced, I'm certain that author would argue that Slack does not value design in the slightest because there are no gradients in the UI.

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