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5 Human Things UX Designers Can Learn From Conversational Design

It seems like magic: you talk to the phone, and it talks back. And if you're lucky, it says something useful. You type into the chat box, and if the bot is good, you find out what you need to know. [Cue: shocked-looking stock photo models.] The current marketing term for it is "conversational design", and it's gaining more and more traction beyond big companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Conversational design is actually old, in technological terms. IBM did a lot of the groundwork for voice-activated tech as far back as the '60s. One of the first big chatbots, Jabberwacky, was conceived in 1981 and launched in 1997, and later evolved into Cleverbot. Chatbots and their voice-activated cousins were initially little more than proofs of concept. There was even a bot or two where you could talk to "God". Then came Apple, with Siri. Siri was probably the first commercially viable conversational interface. At least, it was the first massively successful UI of its kind. Since then, the

Learn responsive web design in 5 minutes

In this article, I'll teach you as many responsive design techniques as I possibly can in five minutes. This obviously isn't enough to learn it properly, but it will give you an overview of the most important concepts, which I personally define as these: * Relative CSS units * Media queries * Flexbox * Responsive typography If you want to dive deeper into the subject afterward, you can check out our responsive web developer bootcamp on Scrimba [] , which w

20 Freshest Web Designs, August 2019

This month we leap back to the culture of America circa 1969, dive into the oceans with whales, discover multiple approaches to pitching a design agency, get invited to festivals, and shop online the right way. Enjoy! Kilotype Kilotype's awesome new site shows off its variable fonts with a clever mouse-track — move your cursor around the screen vertically and horizontally to see the full range of each family's weight and italic. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood The latest film from Tarantino is steeped in the culture of 1969, from the moon landing to Woodstock. This amazing promo-site does an incredible job of transporting you to a different era. Wade and Leta Wade and Leta are a partnership of talented art directors, whose offbeat sense of the absurd leads to some truly original and inspiring work. The homepage videos range from hilarious to bizarre. Morenita If there's one place I'd like to be right now, it's floating around the coast of Menorca on beautiful traditional fishing boat,

Weekly News for Designers № 500 - Lightweight WordPress Framework, Free Logo Templates, Free Vue.js Admin Template, Accessible CSS Generated Content

This week’s Designer News (№ 500) includes Blazing Fast WordPress Sites with Gatsby, Bringing CSS Grid to WordPress Layouts, Duotone Font Awesome Icons, Photoronoi, Find a Developer with GitRecruit, the Details Design System, Writing Modes and CSS Layout, Accessible CSS Generated Content and much more.

Brand Science 101

Every day in my work helping grow digital agencies and Fortune 500 brands, I hear countless companies struggle with how to discuss, interact with, and grow their client's brand, leaving dollars on the table and creating problems along the way. The agency owner offers their perspective, shares why branding is important, but usually lacks the conversational skills to navigate the need. And as a result, it's not just the client that suffers. Sure, their brand doesn't grow, but the agency doesn't either. The Typical Logo Scenario One of the top problems I hear from agency owners is how to address branding in their scope of services or even how to bring it up. Usually, clients are coming to them with little to no investment in their branding, and the branding discussion usually doesn't happen until after the project is signed. They don't have the words to justify what they're saying to the client or even to point out the "why" behind the "what." Usually the client goes to hand over what

Are Design Pitches Worthwhile?

For most designers – freelance or in-house – generating new business can be a dreaded part of the job. But it necessary to maintain and sustain growth and find new clients. When it comes to finding design work, is there a best way to find jobs? Do you pitch for new business or rely on other methods to find work? Reasons to Pitch for New Business There are so many places that freelance designers can pitch for new business, including job boards, and content or design networks, or marketplaces. Some designers may pitch on social media as well. But is it worth your time to post in these places to generate business? For some designers, the answer is, "Yes." Pitching requires you to think about the type of work and clients you want to take on. This can be a valuable exercise that helps you grow your business strategically and with the type of work you want to do. If you plan to pitch, create specific pitches that respond directly to postings, avoiding generic "I can do any type of design"

Simplify The Handoff From Sketch To Visual Studio Code With Indigo.Design — Smashing Magazine

Until now, the designer-developer handoff has been fraught with inefficiencies. Disparate platforms (namely, Sketch and Visual Studio Code) and incompatible workflows created tons of issues in how design was translated into code. But now, [Indigo.Design]( offers a simple solution to fix this costly and time-consuming problem for software teams.

The Hidden Secrets of UX

It’s often said that the best design is invisible. After all, a user trying to accomplish a task on a website or app is likely thinking about their goal and not the site (in the same way that a person cooking dinner is thinking about the food and not the spatula). More often than not, …

3 Essential Design Trends, August 2019

Each of the design trends we are spotting this month have to deal with over-the-top techniques. It's interesting because these big effects don't always pop on the radar of what's trending, but these concepts almost begged to be featured with a large number of projects showcasing these design elements. This type of trend is interested because designers either love them or hate them. Take a look and see if these are concepts you'll use. Here's what's trending in design this month. Exaggerated White Space So much white space. These websites feature exaggerated amounts of whitespace and strong minimal themes with very little color or design ornamentation. And if you are like me, you can't stop looking at them. How does a design with so little visual information work? The design trick here is disruption. If you see one of these designs, they are vastly different than almost any other site you are visiting. That makes you stop, and look, and think about what you are seeing. With the right

8 Ways to Kickstart a Design System

Recently, I was part of a 3-person team of consultants who in 12 weeks built the foundations of a new design system. That design system is now used in multiple products and is contributed to by other developers and designers. In this post you'll find some of the techniques we used to make the project a success within its short timespan. (While we did deliver code on the project, this article is written from my perspective as a designer.) 1. Invest in Relationships When building a design system, it's crucial to first secure buy-in from your stakeholders, from product managers, product managers' managers, developers and designers. Ultimately, a design system can only be successful if everyone is on board. One way to do this is to meet with key figures one-on-one to discuss with them their hopes and fears for the design system. That helps with building trust and identifying potential roadblocks early on. The groundwork should be laid for relationships where you feel comfortable seeking

How Color Impacts UX

Let's start with a common example: You've just finished a website design for someone. It looks and functions exactly like the wireframe. Everyone on the design team has praised the project. The client hates it, but they can't explain why. The culprit might be color. Different colors can evoke such strong emotions that people have sharp reactions to them. It's part personal preference, part psychological, and even part social norms. Understanding these tendencies and user preferences can greatly impact user experience. Here's what you need to know. User Expectations and Preferences User experience starts with the type of user your website or app is designed for. Basic demographics such as gender or region where a user lives can impact their perception of your design based on color. (You can read more about color and cultural considerations here.) One of the most interesting impacts from color on UX is linked to gender. Studies have shown that men and women tend to like and dislike


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