Welcome to the Bitcoin Design Guide! You’re in for an adventure. This chapter is all about the big concepts that are helpful to be familiar with when creating Bitcoin products. You’ll find a summary of concepts on this page, click through if you would like to dig deeper into a specific topic. The guide isn’t a comprehensive overview of all Bitcoin topics, but only the ones you should know as a designer working in this space.
The internet has opened an infinite design space for information and communication. Bitcoin adds the new dimension of transferring value that could bring similar change as previous waves of innovation.
Bitcoin is fundamentally open and participatory and allows designers and creators to explore and shape experiences for users around the globe.
Open design is about global collaboration that balances the free exchange of design information, the independence of individual designers and the collective power of collaboration.
As an open and public protocol, Bitcoin does not have a strictly defined brand. Yet there is a recognizable symbol that has evolved and remixed endlessly.
All products begin with user needs and end in those same users hands. User research is a fundamental activity that helps us focus on things people care about.
If we consider Bitcoin money, we need to consider how Bitcoin users think about their finances. This page provides a simple framework that can serve as a starting point, deriving bitcoin software and hardware setups from common budgeting categories.
All users start without any knowledge of Bitcoin or your particular product. As we learn more, our understanding and needs change. As designers, it is essential to guide users through this experience.
Most Bitcoin applications share certain user activities, from initial setup to making a transaction. It is vital to follow users’ expected patterns and behaviors to reduce mistakes and enable seamless switching between products.
Learn the basics behind the technologies that make Bitcoin work, from what a Bitcoin is to how transactions are confirmed.
Bitcoin applications roughly fall into a defined set of categories, from consumer-friendly wallets, to merchant tools, and more.
Whether it’s for security or participating in the network, Bitcoin hardware is an essential part of the ecosystem and user experience.