The Everlaw Way: Momentum Design

Momentum matters. Every time you have to wait for your computer or your phone, you’re losing time and energy. A delay is an invitation to get distracted by your email, your colleague, or your next project. Even waiting a few seconds for a search to complete is sufficient to lose focus, and it takes valuable time to refocus again. Momentum is a powerful force, and technology shouldn’t bring it to a screeching halt.Everlaw momentum design

This is the principle guiding our ediscovery platform: an effective tool is one that sustains your momentum. When we prioritize certain features or designs, we ask ourselves whether they will make it easier for users to maintain focus and flow. This “momentum design” philosophy is at the heart of the redesign we’re releasing next week!

It’s a different kind of redesign. The goal isn’t to be prettier or more unique or more aligned with a specific design aesthetic. The purpose is to make the tool more intuitive and faster: every element has been designed to keep ediscovery moving forward. No item was too small to be scrutinized for improvements that would make it easier and quicker. For example:

Everlaw Redesign New Homepage

  • The new home page makes it easier to find the recent search, binder, or StoryBuilder outline you’re looking for, and provides clear starting points for creating any of those things. That expedites the start—or resumption—of review immediately after login.
  • On the search screen, each element type is now a different color, and the icons are clearer. That makes it easier to immediately see the different components of a search and to consider new combinations.
  • The document review action icons are bigger and more legible. This reduces time hunting for how to code or rate a document.
  • The batch coding interface is now harmonized with the main coding interface in the review window, reducing the mental effort necessary to switch between coding one document and coding many.
  • We’ve improved support for touch input and high-DPI displays, making it easier to jump between devices—as you switch from your work PC to your iPad on the train ride home, for instance, and then again to your Mac at your home office—without losing momentum.

Many more components, large and small, were reengineered or redesigned to help discovery move along seamlessly. All those seconds add up, in money, in time, and in morale. And that’s the type of redesign that we believe in.