The innovations that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic have emphasized the importance of the user experience. Businesses in a variety of industries have had to shift to remote work overnight, and in many cases, their old technologies simply haven’t been able to make the jump. In fact, the demand for easy-to-use tools and software that are capable of facilitating effective online collaboration has increased significantly. The digital workspace Mural, for instance, experienced 1,000% growth over the course of 2020.
Despite the legal industry’s being a slow-to-change space, it is experiencing the same demand for innovation. Even before the pandemic, spending on legal-technology investments in 2019 was about $1.1 billion. Innovation in the legal industry is necessary for ediscovery, better legal-practice management, quicker decision-making, and improving the likelihood of positive legal-case outcomes. Contactless touchpoints and the shift to remote legal work has only accelerated UX trends in the industry. Read More
One thing we can count on is that the quantity of information is increasing over time. The prevalence of information, its relationship to knowledge, and its impact on people’s decision-making faculties is becoming a more central concern for UX professionals.
Richard Saul Wurman, the author of Information Anxiety, is a trained architect, a very prolific writer, the founder of the TED conference, and a well-known public speaker. Although he wrote this book 30 years ago, the ideas it presents are just as relevant today as they were then, perhaps more so. It’s a credit to the solidity of his thinking that many of his concepts seem to predict the world in which we live today. Read More
Many people seem to think of user experience as a controllable outcome of a design process—as though it were something at which you can throw minds, designers, and builders with the goal of understanding and manipulating a person’s experience of a product or service. In fact, user experience is often thought of as defining and managing a person’s experience of a product.
But your product doesn’t define a user’s experience. That person’s own behavior, attitudes, and emotions do. Thus, user experience is a feeling. In reality, it’s even more than that, but if you start with the idea that user experience is a feeling, you’ve already made progress toward really understanding user experience. Read More