Interaction design

  • Design experiences that customers will enjoy and complete easily.
  • Make experiences easier by prioritising features, decisions, and desired outcomes.
  • Make it more valuable by increasing your customer’s motivation to keep going.

Why is interaction design important?

It’s critical to design user experiences that your customers can complete with ease and enjoyment – from clicking on a link or filling out a form, all the way to adopting better spending habits or losing weight (UX design is not just about interfaces). Designing successful experiences require an understanding of your customer’s habits, behaviours and desires and nudging them at each stage so they have the motivation to compleat the process.

You’ll see customers take action when:

1. You’ve made it easy for the customer to complete the process. 
2. The customer perceives value in completing the process.

Both of these factors need to be attended to.  Here’s how:

Making the process easier

Arriving at simplicity is a complex process. We cannot start with simplicity. Understanding how to find simplicity involves riding the complexity curve. Simplicity is not a lack of features; it’s understanding which features are the most important and then prioritizing those.

Riding the complexity curve

One way to arrive at simplicity is taking a
mobile first approach before we scale up. This forces us to design with minimal real estate, prompting the questions, “What are the most important items?” or “Do we really need that?”.

Increasing the perceived value

Consider every action you expect your customer to take as a form of payment. Before the customer takes action they need to perceive they are getting value for every payment. You therefore need to show the benefits up front in order to make explicit the perceived value.

The goal is to design the end-to-end experience to get the customer through the entire user journey, with the aim of losing as few customers as possible at each step. Approaches for increasing the perceived value include providing intrinsic and extrinsic rewards, gamification, and behavioural change techniques.

One tool we use to ensure that we’ve considered all the actions a customer needs to take is to map it out in a customer journey map.

Keen to chart a journey for your customers that is easy and enjoyable?

Contact us to discuss how we can help you get your customers to take the actions you’d like them to.