When accounting is fun

February 16, 2009


Xero is a web application which describes itself as “The world’s easiest accounting system”. Jakob Nielsen’s alertbox agrees, and goes further:

“But Xero might be a more interesting example, simply because it targets the traditionally dry domain of accounting. One of its main features lets users automatically reconcile bookkeeping entries with bank account transactions. As a match is made, the 2 matching entries are removed from the list of stuff to be reconciled. Users compared this interaction to playing Tetris and described it as fun and addictive. Come on, making accounting fun? That’s an award-winning design.”

It really is lovely. Check it out here.

What if all productivity software took its cues from classic games?


3 Responses to “When accounting is fun”

  1. […] Read th­e origin­al: Wh­e­n ac­c­o­­unting is­ fun « S­h­ak­e­o&#… […]

  2. Sounds like a great program. I am on the lookout for an accounting program that is easy to use so will take a look at their site. Thanks for the info!

  3. […] I’ve said before, games can do a lot more than just entertain. They can can make accounting fun, help kids learn, teach valuable lessons in design and suggest new interactions with the world […]

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