Virtual Seminar

Friction, More or Less

60 minutes

  • Discover how friction changes our behavior
  • Find adverse friction and determine the best way to remove it
  • Consider using good friction for security, certainty, and learning
  • Examine the types of friction that don’t require product changes
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Friction is a dirty word. Right? Not always. Bad friction—where inelegant interactions add time or frustration to efforts like paying a bill online or sharing photos from a device—can cost your organization conversions, customers, and more. Some of that friction can be unseen and unidentified, which means you’re missing out on opportunities to make your product even better. Then there’s good friction; when it’s introduced intentionally and thoughtfully, it can enhance experiences and boost learning.

In this seminar, Stephen Anderson explains how to spot the six types of friction, how to think more critically about friction and its possible benefits, and how to give your customers an all-around better experience.

  • Discover how friction changes our behavior

    • Compare the six types of friction and their effects on customer interactions
    • See typical examples of friction you encounter every day
  • Find adverse friction and determine the best way to remove it

    • Spot friction, even unseen friction, and identify the opportunities it brings
    • Move from the typical responses to friction to power solutions for fixing it
  • Consider using good friction for security, certainty, and learning

    • Recognize how good friction, used ethically, can make the customer experience better
    • Discover the role friction plays in creating more educated consumers
  • Examine the types of friction that don’t require product changes

    • Determine when it’s best to leave things alone and not make changes
    • Decide the best way to handle perceived friction as opposed to real friction

This seminar is for anyone on a product team—UX and UI designers, product managers, developers, and others—who can benefit from learning the basics of friction, how to identify it, and when to use it or lose it.