‘Oasis Effect’ In Software Design: Where Sleek Front Ends Masquerade Hideous Backends

FLORENCE — Researchers from the Institute of Software Design Theory of the University of Vienna have released a paper where they elaborate on what they have called the ‘Oasis effect’ in software design. This is, sleek, carefully crafted front ends with UX concepts and all as literal facades of inelegant, crude backends. The effect is named after Manchester-based group Oasis, formed in the early 90s, drawing a parallel with the band where Liam Gallagher—lead singer—acted as a sort of visual barrier to prevent the sheer ugliness of the rest of the band from becoming a hurdle in securing gigs and recording contracts. “Using the analogy, we found that the design pattern also relies on handsome, scrupulously neat front ends masquerading unholy backends where things may work, but are hanging from a thin thread” the report adds.