Crisis UX: Designing Experiences for Emergent Situations

As organizations increasingly look to digital as a primary means of communication, users have come to depend on sites and apps for information in both the good times and the bad. Communicating exceptions or problems to your users–whether a service disruption, weather event, cancellation, or anything else out of the ordinary – is now a critical use case for many online experiences. What is more, recent research shows that a painful experience for a user can have a disproportionately high impact on his or her perception of the entire brand, making it all the more critical to ensure you are doing everything possible to alleviate pain in stressful times. In this talk, we’ll look at case studies from two international Fortune 50 companies who went from hoping for the best to designing for the worst.