Good design is a cupcake

over 1 year ago from

I'm so sick of these article titles.

28 comments

  • Abhijeet WankhadeAbhijeet Wankhade, over 1 year ago

    Great UX is like a banana.

    23 points
    • Giulio MichelonGiulio Michelon, over 1 year ago

      Actually the banana has a pretty badass UX

      23 points
    • Brendan McDonaldBrendan McDonald, over 1 year ago

      If you wrote that article, I would read it. And, if you illuminated some misunderstood part of the design process with a cupcake metaphor, that'd be a public service: simple, surprising metaphors are memorable. That's a good thing.

      3 points
  • Wade Muller, over 1 year ago

    Insert some stupid metaphor about how a cupcake relates barely to design.

    8 points
    • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, over 1 year ago

      A cupcake is a regular cake with the only the features the user actually needs.

      It has a little decoration, but not enough to take away from the core product.

      31 points
      • Wojtek WitkowskiWojtek Witkowski, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

        Adding to that:

        A cupcake has the same feel as the original creation. Because it is compact in size, it's easier for the user to digest and leaves them wanting more of your product.

        0 points
    • Oliver Browne, over 1 year ago

      A cupcake is like a well placed CTA. Draws you in with a flourish and as soon as you bite, you're into the deeper, drier content.

      1 point
    • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, over 1 year ago

      Cupcakes are a UX disaster. You can't even bite it properly. You get icing all over your damn lips. Icing gets on your hands when you're trying to take off the cup wrapper. It's also so top heavy. It topples and crumbles over as you eat it.

      4 points
      • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, over 1 year ago

        That icing is 'marketing', that situation you just explained is viral. People see icing on your lips and want a cupcake.

        A neatly consumed cupcake is an unshared, unknown cupcake.

        How's a cupcake studio to grow with only a few customers they acquired via a facebook campaign?

        3 points
  • Mitch Malone, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    I assume you're talking about this article:

    https://blog.intercom.io/start-with-a-cupcake/

    It's not about design per se (the title also isn't a metaphor). It's more about how to think about product development. A cupcake has less risk than making a wedding cake for example. It's easier and faster to make. When the recipe is right, you can scale up.

    The nugget from this article that's really important is about Gall's Law:

    A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.

    4 points
  • Dave HawkinsDave Hawkins, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Heres your design
    Pay me now

    4 points
  • Mike LMike L, over 1 year ago

    A cupcake is terrible design! It's always way too difficult to eat while getting the right amount of frosting.

    Good design is a cupcake sandwich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyD-PwFMou4

    3 points
  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 1 year ago

    I hear Eli Schiff is working on a 5-part series on how thinking good design is a cupcake is causing the downfall of our industry.

    3 points
  • Abhishek SureshAbhishek Suresh, over 1 year ago

    Good cupcake is a cupcake.

    3 points
  • Ian GoodeIan Goode, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    Why do people whine about headlines? Their sole purpose is to get your attention, and voila, in some form it worked. If I hadn't already read the article in question I'd go and look it up and probably read it, and voila, the headline worked.

    3 points
    • Jeremy StewartJeremy Stewart, over 1 year ago

      That is their sole purpose, but there's a different between a) drawing attention and b) sensationalizing/whoring/cheapening. That's probably why he's whining. I myself don't take it issue with it, but I also don't really pay attention to stupid titles like 'Good design is a cupcake'. I've started to filter out clickbait.

      0 points
    • Wade Muller, over 1 year ago

      I hate it because its almost BuzzFeed territory. ie: "Gorilla learns to drive, you won't believe what happens next".

      2 points
  • Ilya SitnikovIlya Sitnikov, over 1 year ago

    I'm looking at you, Linkedin.

    2 points
  • Roma KuraevRoma Kuraev, over 1 year ago

    Fruit flies like a banana.

    2 points
  • Martin LeBlancMartin LeBlanc, over 1 year ago (edited over 1 year ago )

    Guilty: https://dribbble.com/shots/1749161-A-user-interface-is-like-a-joke-Poster

    1 point
  • Josh Aronoff, over 1 year ago

    Life is like a box of chocolates.

    1 point
  • Josh LeeJosh Lee, over 1 year ago

    I'm the PM for cupcakes. Clearly you were not our target market and we apologize. Perhaps you would like a twinkie or ho-ho better.

    0 points
  • Selen UsSelen Us, over 1 year ago

    Design is not a cupcake unless it's good.

    0 points
  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 1 year ago

    Good cupcake is a design. Discuss.

    0 points