“There’s a big difference between making a simple product & making a product simple.”— Des Traynor
A simple product provides few very common and simple features. A product that is created for a limited scope and provides a set of functionality within that scope can be called a simple product.
Whereas making a product simple is a different thing.
It means creating a product that provides features based on its users’ needs with simplicity. It is obvious that if a product contains a large number of features, it becomes complicated. Making the user experience simple for this kind of product is a tough job.
“Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.” – C.W. Ceram
And a UX designer is that genius person in an organization!
His job is to create user scenarios based on customer requirements and convert them into visuals on the user interface. This process needs to be performed very carefully so that the simplicity of the product may not be affected.
Don’t keep on adding features on every demand, otherwise, this will make the product miserable for the user. First, analyze the requirement, see how it will impact the product, and then commit it to the customer.
Make a clear difference between actual requirements and wish-list. Sometimes customers demand a very specific feature that does not add any value to the product. So be aware of such specific kinds of requests.
This will make the product complex, increase learning time for users and reduce simplicity.
“More options, more problems.”— Scott Belsky
A simple user experience that helps users to achieve their goals is much better than a complicated abundance of feature-set. A reasonable balance between simplicity and features is the best way to move forward.
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