Speed Things Up on April Fool’s Day

Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. I think this statement is applicable on a day like today in a humorous manner, when anywhere you turn you may get a pie in your face, or sit on a whoopee cushion. In this funny cartoon from Cartoonstock.com, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. When the characters are attempting to log on to their computer, the computer decides that just then it wants to go as slow as possible. In UX, this is obviously something we try to avoid at all costs. It’s important that the user experience remain consistent and efficient, or else the customer won’t chose to use your products in the future. Companies should always make sure they are defying Murphy’s Law, making sure that there is very little chance that something will actually go wrong in order to provide the ideal user experience for their customers. Although this cartoon will give you a good chuckle, unfortunately there are a number of factors that will slow down a software, and as designers you should be prepared for anything. The key to providing a flawless user experience so that your company’s retention rates grow is anticipating any problem that can occur, and designing a system that can combat potential issues. Now, this post may offer your some good advice for future designs, but make sure to watch your back today! You never know who may be thinking outside the box, and planning the ultimate prank. Have a hilarious April fool’s day!  
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)walkme.com