Day#235: Shutterstock Review

Day#235: Shutterstock Review

Hey Uxers, I often review sites and discuss what I like and dislike and its common in interviews and general Uxer discussion for people to bring up platforms that they love and hate. I must say Shutterstock really slipped under the radar for me, with it being a tool I think I just got so used to using it from my years as a designer and never thought assess it on it’s User Experience. To be honest I have not noticed drastic changes in the platform over time, but I have never felt like it was confusing for me as a Designer. As a Uxer the site is so simple and easy to use, I see why it never bothered me or caused any confusion, it reminds me of the quote by Irene Au

“Good design is like a refrigerator—when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.” –Irene Au

  • As a designer when I was looking for something, the search bar was easy to find and use
  • If I was searching for a specific image I could even upload an image and the platform had machine learning in place which would interpret my uploaded image and share similar images with me. Those images were always accurate and exactly what I was looking for
  • Packages were well defined when considering a purchase and no hidden costs etc
  • I also feel the way the packages were created and separated left lots of room for choice for users to choose from
  • You had a clear profile where users could view past downloads, their current package etc

All in all Shutterstock is by far the best image and video resource I have experienced, I have used another platform and the quality and variety of images really was far less than Shutterstock. This brings me to my final point, when you have more options of a product users will become more finicky about the UX, and because Shutterstock is simply the best on the market in terms of what they provide I think Users would perhaps be a bit more prepared to put up with a lessor experience. This is not to say that I am okay with less consideration towards UX, it is just that when there are hardly any big player competitors it is easier for user to commit to one product. Saying that Shutterstock truly does have a very easy to use platform which I have grown to love over the years.Happy researching until next time Uxers

Bye for now

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