Interaction with a product through a digital interface has become the standard across the industry, whether through a mobile app, desktop software, website, etc. it is the go-to for companies when creating a product to solve a problem. This is the reality we live in, but often users are not looking to add another interface or step to their routine. Users are instead looking to simplify a process. Zero UI looks beyond screens as the go-to solution and over to what would be a more natural and passive solution within a process to solve a problem. Not every process or product should be replaced by Zero UI.[Read More]
Chatbots are an AI-controlled program that is designed to simulate human conversations by engaging in a typical chat flow. Users are able to interact with a Chatbot and receive immediate feedback through voice or text interactions with the program. Chatbots are used by many companies to quickly interact with their customers and help provide the user with information in a quick and effective manner.
In collaboration with Isabel Rubenstein, Samantha Silver, Eugene Santiago and Manuel Ramirez .
UX plays a large role in the design and creation of a conversational UI, as well as the way in which users interact with and engage with it. A product using conversational UI has no chance of being successful without taking UX into account during the design process since this will determine the type of experience that the user has. It is vital to understand the context in which the UI will be used and the human on the other end of the conversation.[Read More]
In collaboration with Steve Foster, Anthony Brown, Mindy Eng, and Shao-Yu Chen.
Part of the reason conversational UI is so successful is that it can be applied to a wide variety of platforms and industries. The applicability of conversational UI means that users of all kinds can find ease and accessibility when using engaging with these devices or carry out their day to day tasks.[Read More]
In collaboration with Alan Patrick and David Hoberman.
Conversational UI’s give the opportunity to interact with technology on a similar level than we are accustomed to interacting with people on a day to day basis. As this technology grows, it continues to gain a stronger presence on every digital platform, and its overall usage becomes more mainstream. One of the earliest adaptors, Apple, leading the way with Siri, showed one of the various ways in which conversational UIs can be applied to a technological platform that we interact with daily. Recently, we see that chat boxes and conversational UI have become increasingly welcomed and demanded, leading to increased engagement with devices and success in a variety of ways.[Read More]
In collaboration with Levi Warvel and Mariano Rodriguez.
A lot goes into a designing a good conversational UI; it needs to have a personality, it needs to adapt, it needs to be able to engage with the user and it needs to be natural for the user to interact with. The challenge for designers is to design this UI to be as intuitive and simple as possible, but without a traditional on-screen UI. When designing a conversational UI experience, it is essential to try and capture the flow of a conversation so that the interaction between the device and the user is seamless. In order to do this, it is essential to understand the basics of human conversation.[Read More]
In collaboration with: Andrea Bascetta, Priscilla Lim and Hannah Postings.
Life moves at a fast pace and users have increasing to-do lists of tasks they need to complete, frequently juggling multiple things at a time. As a result, it is important that their devices are able to keep up with all that the user needs them to do in today's fast paced world. Hybrid UIs -- which combine the features of graphics and command lines -- can offer a level of efficiency that conventional GUIs, or graphical user interfaces, lack. Where conventional GUIs present users with multiple pieces of information to sift through all at once, hybrid UIs can deliver smaller snippets of information at the users’ command that the user can then take action on to quickly complete their tasks.[Read More]
We have seen the rise in popularity over conversational UI as being an essential part of the technology we use in our daily lives. From Alexa to Google Home, to Siri and Cortana, conversational UIs are popping up all around us. We know that we can ask them questions and they will respond to us; but what exactly is conversational UI?[Read More]
The Internet of Things allows our environment to adapt to us so we can better engage, learn, and live within it. Now and tomorrow, we continue to prioritize connections; connecting with your home, with your body, with your city in new ways. LIttle by little making smart technology in our daily lives prevalent.
What are chatbots?
Chatbots are AI-controlled assistants that work through conversation in a typical chat flow that users have become accustomed to. Some work through existing chat applications like Facebook Messenger, while others are standalone apps for your mobile device. Chatbots work in a conversational manner, but often include programmed response suggestions for the user to remove the possibility of misinterpreting information. I dove headfirst into some of the current chatbot apps and tested out some of their features to find examples of good user experience principles and came up with these four key UX best practices for utilizing Chatbots.[Read More]