16 comments

  • Ben KroghBen Krogh, 1 year ago

    Oh sweet, another communication tool with little illustrated people accomplishing big things, and copy that talks about "rethinking team communication!" Truly the golden age of homogeneity.

    Edit to be serious On a serious note, all these sites are employing the same metaphors, the same language, similar styles. It honestly seems like more of a branding and voice issue than the product itself, each one does seem to offer something different.

    17 points
    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 1 year ago

      yeah. the similarities between Stride and Slack here are pretty wild. part of a larger trend, though.

      stride vs slack

      1 point
      • Ben KroghBen Krogh, 1 year ago

        It's more like Slack vs. Stride vs. Twist vs. MS Teams vs. Hangouts Meet :D

        And if you want to talk about illustration style, compare Stride vs Hire (Google's recruitment tool):

        illo comparison

        13 points
    • Interested Curious, 1 year ago

      I think the homogeneity is natural, but it sure does get tiring.

      It's like when everyone was trying to build the next big social media engine that ended up being facebook but for people they knew personally.

      They're all in a mad dash to be the most successful, but don't actually bring a huge amount to the table, for things that require too much investment.

      It'll take more than a notification off mode to get teams off of slack or their current communication method.

      0 points
    • Jon MyersJon Myers, 1 year ago

      Yeah, agreed on visual style and visual language. That visual language is being exhausted. It's like being in a coffee shop and taking in the hum of ambient conversation. Hmmmm...

      White noise.

      And besides, this is a business product for business people, do we always need to be spoken to like five-year-old children. The troupe is tired.

      More so, in terms of product, this space is getting extremely crowded with paper chasers on Slack's tail, as typical, and most solutions are launching in search of a problem to solve.

      The "Meetings" feature looks like a horror show.

      I prefer a little friction to "hey, let's jump on a 5-minute call" and then the conversation evaporates into the ether.

      Though, I can see how middle-managers will be ecstatic about this feature and abuse the shit out of it.

      The control strips on either side of the application look riotous and are yelling back and forth across the application to each other falsely framing the application. Management - "Hey, I'm going to need you to put this control bar on the right so it's not too Slacky". Would probably be agonizing to be on the design and product team. Wishing them peace.

      The four contextual panels within the main canvas of the application would drive me nuts and I'd wager that they would do anything but, encourage actions and decision making. Where is the focus area? As your eyes scan in saccades, there is simply no baselines or anchor points for focus and action.

      And, finally again, what problem is this solving?

      Slack has snooze and "focus" is not a defensible means of differentiation - when anything but focus has failed to be achieved.

      1 point
      • Laura McCartney, 1 year ago

        The "Meetings" feature looks like a horror show.

        I prefer a little friction to "hey, let's jump on a 5-minute call" and then the conversation evaporates into the ether.

        Though, I can see how middle-managers will be ecstatic about this feature and abuse the shit out of it.

        haha my thoughts exactly!

        0 points
    • Cory MalnarickCory Malnarick, 1 year ago

      Honestly, if a communication tool marketed itself as simply, "another communication tool," tongue in cheek, it would likely set itself so far apart from the others that that marketing strategy alone would bring success.

      0 points
  • Andrew Richardson, 1 year ago

    I'm glad product designers are finally realizing the importance of deep focus. It's going to take a lot to undo the current state of "Pay attention to me!" notification overload but hopefully we'll get there eventually.

    5 points
  • nusu alabuganusu alabuga, 1 year ago

    I wonder why they give Stride as the name when Stripe is a well-known company?

    1 point
  • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, 1 year ago

    Kevan the artifact in the microphone icon in the second image is making my right eye twitch!

    1 point
  • Darren AlawiDarren Alawi, 1 year ago

    No illustrations or clever copy can make up for timing, the one thing slack got right, unless they have a delorean somewhere at their HQ.

    1 point
    • Dominik SchmidtDominik Schmidt, 1 year ago

      But they potentially could kill Slack with some killer features. I mean, look at the size of Slack and the size of Atlassian. They have much more man-power to kill it.

      Don't get me wrong, but have a look at the MySpace <-> Facebook thingy. Look who is the market leader nowadays.

      1 point
  • Craig RozynskiCraig Rozynski, 1 year ago

    Some great comments here. While the illustrative style is getting tired, coming up with the 'new' thing is easier said than done.

    0 points