Blockchain is a decentralized database technology that has captured the attention of both technologists and businesses alike. It should come as no surprise how much traction this emerging technology has gained in the past year, so much so, that blockchain was amongst one of the most Googled terms in 2017. Yet this curiosity has led to a great deal of skepticism and apprehension, both, within and outside of the tech community. With technologists still trying to unearth the real potential of the blockchain, it has fallen to the designers to think of innovative ways to fully utilize the ability of this emerging technology.
As a Product and UX Designer, these are some of the things that should be taken into consideration when designing for blockchain:
While blockchain-related companies are investing a lot of money in marketing, and visual design not many of them are focused on improving the UX aspect. According to Ivan Braun, founder of Icons8, “usability” could be the undoing of blockchain technology.“What will destroy Bitcoin? Governments? Hackers? Winklevoss twins? Usability,” he wrote in his blog post.
Users are still apprehensive when committing to the technology, with the general perception being that it is very code-centric. The skepticism that comes with it is natural. And, in many ways is similar to how other technologies initially began as a project driven by research before evolving to accommodate design, blockchain may also take the same route.