As our conception of web3 changes, so will our attempts to define the user experience. What is most relevant today, may be an afterthought tomorrow.
Despite this, I have deliberately tried to make this handbook as actionable as possible.
I wanted to cut the fluff, and tell designers what they can do, right now, to improve the user experience.
This makes for something far more useful, but perhaps not as long-lasting.
The reason I put this section at the end, instead of the start, is because I want people to get stuck in straightaway and learn some tips. But now that we’re here, I hope you stick around and read this section carefully - it could be the most important part of the book, because it could pave the way for the future.
When we consider, “what does a good web3 experience look like”, there are some deeper issues lurking:
- How should it differ from web2?
- Why is this better than the alternative?
- What values do we want to embody?
- What are the motivations for owning cryptocurrency?
- Will there ever be such a thing as a world currency?
- What tensions exit between globalisation and decentralisation?
- Why might someone want control over their own data?
- What systems and processes should be democratic?
- What motivates users to participate in governance?
- Should users have the right to remain anonymous?
These are obviously much bigger questions than “what size should my token icons be?”
Hopefully you have some good answers.