Simplicity v Functionality
July 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM
We always want what we don’t have.
The next model up, the newer version – flasher and shinier, with more features than ever before.
And no, we’re not talking about a mid-life crisis. We’re talking about technology, and the point where each new feature begins to detract from our user experience, instead adding to our frustration as we desperately try to figure out “how this thing works.”
In essence, the moment when your new phone conspires against you, turning your laptop off and on again doesn’t work and you begin to wonder if your smart TV is, indeed, smarter than you are.
It’s the moment where many of us are tempted to throw our hands in the air and walk away.
At home, it’s annoying. But when it affects your daily workflow, it can become unbearable.
As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication,” and he wasn’t wrong.
To put it a little more bluntly (and as you will have heard in many a meeting): KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid!
The biggest challenge is finding that balance between having all the functionality you need, while still being intuitive and user-friendly. It’s a lofty goal which we are incredibly passionate about here at OneLaw.
It actually forms the basis of why we were created. We saw a gap in the market for SIMPLE, elegant software tailored for the modern Kiwi law firm – everything you do need, nothing you don’t.
This was at a time when many others were offering baffling amounts of “new functionality” (read: endless buttons and tabs conspiring to derail you).
We wanted to create something that would do its job, leaving you to do yours. That simplicity and elegance is what we’ve built our reputation on.
We don’t always get it right. Sometimes it means late nights for our developers, coming to dead-ends and going back to the drawing-board.
We like to get it spot-on before we release our updates to you, our clients.
According to Aspiring Law director and co-owner Janice Hughes, we’re moving in the right direction.
“We chose OneLaw because of the simple implementation process, the simplicity of use and the ease at which the team were able to learn the program,” she says.
That’s “simple” twice in one short quote…. We’re pretty happy with that.
We’re going to put our money where our mouth is and keep this blog post short… and simple. We’ll leave you with this wee graph from bestselling author Kathy Sierra’s blog on ‘creating passionate users.”