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Look around: Costs are everywhere

It’s easy to rest on the assumption that costs are only monetary. In product design, this misses an important point — costs are everywhere:

  • Waiting for a webpage to load is a cost.
  • Typing in your card details is a cost.
  • Figuring out whether to trust a company you’ve never heard of before is a cost.
  • Learning how a product works is a cost.
  • Signing-up is a cost.
  • Waiting to find something out (yes, uncertainty) is a cost.
  • Having to print out, sign and post a form is a cost.
  • Handing over your personal information is a cost.

Identifying costs [and] what they might equate to for your users is an insightful way to inform how you think about the products you make.