Wix has recently introduced Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) and is rolling out the new product to its global audience.
Wix ADI was designed to eliminate the challenges of building websites. With the data gathered from the experience of their over 86 million users, Wix has blended AI and design sensibility, resulting in easily designed websites. In an interview with Nir Zohar, we explored how Wix has affected the world of web design.
Do you think UX is an important part of Wix success as a Web Building Platform?
Our main focus at Wix has always been to develop the best products to empower our users to build, manage and grow their online presence. Part of developing a great product is having a great UX. Our Wix values "easy" and "stunning" also guide our UX. This is why we are working hard on making every product at Wix both beautiful, as well as easy and as intuitive as possible, so every person in the world will be able to use them successfully.
Do you feel like Wix has killed Web Design?
Absolutely Not. It actually helps Web Design evolve in many ways. This is a technological jump, we are not taking away a designers but just making it more efficient. In the past, if you wanted to hire web designers you had to know flash or dreamweaver, they had to be hard developers. We moved the technical barriers for people who can be amazing web designers. People that used to be known as print designers, can go online and start designing on our very simple platform.
What was the overall Experience that Wix was trying to achieve in the creation of the new platform?
The idea is really that anyone can have a beautiful website, and we set out to help individuals to optimize their resources while creating their brand and their business online.
This is for those individuals that may be time constrained or hesitant about technology or both. Some users just want to press a button and have something that is high quality, robust and great looking. I want to press a button and get something done. While also wanting to make it special at the same time and genuinely reflective of my business. It (Wix ADI) asks you questions about your business and what you are trying to build. It gives you the option to have your website generated for you or you can choose to walk through the process step by step.
It lets you decide how much involvement you want in the development that you want in you site. Then any site can be further edited and customized as your business changes or grows.
What do you think the Future of UX is?
Design Matters. Through the internet you have the ability to try and experience things to see what is working and what is not. I think that if you look at the big successes in UX, I think that it is an amazing combination of getting what they need to get done but also creating a user atmosphere. I think that we are at the beginning. There is a key understanding that design matters. If you want to build an amazing product it needs to work properly while looking great. This is where Wix leads with the pairing of design and technology. We have done it in the past when we were the first flash editor and then we were the first HTML file editor and now this is the first time ever it has been done with AI.
Is Wix assisting in creating a Story of Web Design?
We do more than help you build a website but we help you build a brand and a business. We help you operate your business. We are changing the lives of small brands by empowering their online presence. With an amazing website you can start managing the relationship of your company. Big brands spend hundreds of thousands of dollars or even more to do so and we bring this capability to everyone. We believe that Wix is best place for designers, creative, individuals and SMBs to get their brands online.
You refer to your new platform as AI. Can you expand on that a little more?
Artificial Intelligence commonly means a computer system that is able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. There are many examples from cars that can make decisions about how to drive correctly, to search engines determining which results will be most relevant for your query.
At Wix, we always focus on solutions that are both "easy" and "stunning" and this is why we decided to create Wix ADI - Artificial Design Intelligence, which makes aesthetic decisions like a human designer. We believe that Wix is the best platform for creatives, individuals, and small businesses and we wanted to make this fast and easy without compromising look and feel.
Wix ADI knows what is beautiful and what is not, which layout works best with which content, and can choose optimal fonts and colors to represent a brand or business.
Wix ADI results focus on making sure your site is stunning, no matter what kind of content you enter. It knows how to adapt automatically to your selections, in the most transparent and intuitive way possible. It's basically doing the thinking for you when it comes to design. You just need to focus on your unique content and it does the rest.
In order to create Wix ADI, we use the data that we have from our more than 88 million websites, and decade of data, and created a "website designer brain” and like humans, as it gets more data, and more insights, it can also make smarter decisions, and continue to evolve and advance its design skills.