Accounting Software Design & Development
Accounting has a user interface problem. Actually, it has two. The obvious one is the one that comedians have done to death: it's boring work. We'll come back to that. But there's a bigger issue. "Accounting used to be this thing that you did retroactively," says Philip Fierlinger, co-founder and lead designer at Xero. "In the past, at the end of the year, [your financial adviser] could tell you 'Oh man, things really went sour six months ago.'" This hindsight, says Fierlinger, is nearly useless. "When you can do something about it as it's happening—that's the really important thing."