Convenience for the user. Obviously you’ve gotta design it so your business actually makes money. But that aside, user experience is #1…
Notion.so is amazing! It’s grown so much in terms of community, users, and valuation, because of its great UI/UX. It’s inspiring.
When I add a note to my Notion however, it’s still too slow, cumbersome, and frustrating.
I have to:
- Open the app on my device (same as anything, nothing can be done about that)
- Find the right project (Techy Tools, Paul Shorey, Accounts, Biz Dev, Web Dev, To Do)
- Scroll to find the right page in my notes, click to open it.
- Then scroll to find the right sub-page inside that, click to open it.
- Scroll to the find the right place in that page where I want to add/edit my note.
It is great UI otherwise, and no save button! And they do have a great search feature. But, with unstructured long-form content, unlike a true content management, it’s not so straightforward to find the right place in the notes. If I already know where in the navigation to look, then it’s easier to just click/scroll.
How would I rather add content? Intelligent search can save 2 out of 5 steps:
- Open the app on my device
- Type what I’m looking for into the search which is always visible and enabled, ready to be typed into without first clicking some search icon or opening some menu.
- The search results would be sorted intelligently. Scroll through only one list. Clicking the search result would open the exact piece of content, ready to add/edit.
- exact matches in article title
- exact matches in tags/categories
- synonym/alternative matches in title
- synonym/alternative matches in tags/categories
- exact matches in full-text description
- synonym/alternative matches in full-text description
Will have to play with the order of search results, and technical limitations. But something like this. BTW, tags/categories should be treated as pieces of content. So they’ll show up in search results just as well as posts/pages/snippets/quotes/etc. So then if I want to add something to a category, I can click the category from the main search, without having to use a different search tool to find the category vs content.