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Typing search queries is gradually becoming an outdated artifact of the past and voice tech is becoming more useful and promising by the day. So what other prospects await for voice tech and why is it so special? We’re about to find out!

Voice Search and Voice Interfaces 101
  • This article covers some essential voice search statistics, how people interact with voice interfaces, what can users do with voice and why startups should care about all of this.
  • Typing search queries is gradually becoming an outdated artifact of the past.
  • The author believes that the overwhelming consumer shift towards voice interfaces will inevitably lead to the mass adoption of this technology among startups.
  • How to Design a Voice Interface?
    • Pre-design Stage
    • The Main Design (user research, customer journey mapping, VUI competitor analysis, gathering requirements, prototyping, usability testing)
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Design tokens aren’t just something that you can easily retrofit into your existing wardrobe. They require an entirely new way of thinking and working. Learn how to start thinking in design tokens by completely changing the way you work with design systems.

Design Token Thinking
  • Design tokens require an entirely new way of thinking and working.
  • Designers can be documenting their design system, but the documentation will always be a step behind their design file.
  • The author unpacks the idea of an alternative design system and names it “the way of the future.”
  • Design tokens need to become a primary method for how you talk about and interact with your design system, both internally and externally.
  • In the end, you can get a design system that is:
    1. Future proof
    2. Accessible
    3. Able to be easily changed.
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Affordance in Good Product Design
  • Knowing how affordance impact user experience design is necessary for producing high-quality, user-friendly products.
  • The article covers:
    • The definitions of affordances and signifiers
    • Types of affordances
    • How affordances can be used in UX design
    • How to design for the best affordance
  • Using affordances well can reduce the time your customers think and explore so they can achieve their goals faster and easier.
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Analyzing the standard chartered bank’s mobile app experience by using Nielsen Norman- 10 Heuristics Principles of design.

A Brief UX Audit of Standard Chartered Bank’s Mobile App Experience
  • Humans need to navigate through disruption in technology and globalism with the human as the focus of problem solving.
  • The author of this article analyzes the bank app’s UX through the design thinking lens by using Nielsen Norman- 10 Heuristics Principles of design and provides key takeaways:
    • Visibility of system status
    • Match between system and the real world
    • User control and freedom
    • Consistency and standards
    • Error prevention
    • Recognition rather than recall
    • Flexibility and efficiency of use
    • Aesthetic and minimalist design
    • Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
    • Help and documentati
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The project was to design a platform that educates and supports the wishes of those passing, as well as those who are left to mourn by using the design thinking process model.

YOU GOT THIS: An App Designed to Connect, Educate and Empower People Through Their Loss
  • The author designed a platform to educate and support the wishes of those passing, as well as those who are left to mourn.
  • The challenge was to understand the sensitive process of EOL (End of Life) Care and what individuals need.
  • The author’s idea was to create an app that would:
    • Perform daily check-ins
    • Provide resources
    • Provide tips
    • Connect people
  • The author’s approach to this challenge was based on the design thinking process model.
  • The author of this article unpacks the research process:
    • Qualitative analysis
    • Competitive analysis & industry standards
    • User interviews
    • Ideation
    • Prototyping
  • Key takeaways: 
    • Make MVP a key to staying focused
    • Keep iterating
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An ultimate guide to conversational UX (CUX). Conversational UX principles.

Conversational Design
  • The author defines “conversational UX as a user experience that combines chat, voice or any other natural language-based technology to mimic a human conversation.”
  • The author looks at the following conversational UX Principles:
    •  Affordances
    • Signifiers
    • Feedback
  • Conversational user interface & principles:
    • Cooperative Principle (discover hidden intentions)
    • Turn-Taking (give users a space to interact)
    • Context-aware (in context / out of context)
  • While designing virtual assistants, the author suggests taking two things into consideration:
    1. How to set user expectations and educate users about what their assistants can do
    2. How to help these users
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