Experience is the value you provide
In societies with high standards of living, customers’ basic needs are already met because they have endless options when it comes to products and services they use. To overcome this and stand out from the noise, smart businesses design compelling experiences to truly engage with their customers and staff. They understand that the experience is the value they provide, and their product or service is that just the vehicle that delivers it.
Experience design is a holistic approach
Experience design involves planning, designing, and building rich experiences that encourage certain behaviors, create emotional responses, and leave a lasting impression. It’s a holistic approach that goes far beyond graphic design to consider every aspect of someone’s experience. Experience design borrows concepts from various disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, copywriting, humanities, information architecture, storytelling, marketing, anthropology, pop culture, and more. It works across time by shaping what you recall of the past, shifting how you perceive the present, and influencing your plans for the future.
Experience design is for everyone
Experience design is most often used by companies to shape their customers’ experiences, but it can (and should) be used internally as well to increase productivity and morale by shaping company culture and self-perception. Regardless of where it’s used, experience design is most effective when it’s based on a brand’s authentic character and principles, instead of being invented out of nothing. When the experience is real and has substance, people notice the difference, feel more comfortable with you, and trust you more.
Experience design is complex
Experience design requires a unique style of thinking that blends improvisational creativity, mental discipline, and deep empathy to be able to see every aspect of your company through the customer’s eyes. The design process isn’t magic, but it can’t be done by just anybody. The best experience designers are tightly-knit teams that are strong communicators and skilled at feeding off each other’s ideas, while staying accountable to the fundamental principles and processes.
Experience design can strengthen your business
If your company has been experiencing difficulties with explaining your brand, building a strong culture, maintaining consistency throughout all of your customer interaction points, or getting the results you’ve wanted, experience design could be the answer.