New Year, New Me
@Graeme For me it’s Alexa because that’s what I have and I’m only interested as a hobby, also I think it’s the leading device and likely the easiest to develop for?
Idk, I’ve been toying with a voice app for a new venture of mine, but still deciding whether or not users have truly accepted voice yet. Do you think it’s here to stay?
@kelechi I made UX Tricks this year, which aims to cover UX and Product (to begin with)
And right now my first book is 50% off because BFCM.
Other than that, there’s actually so much out there — I’ve subscribed to Blinkist to make reading easier to digest (Don’t Make Me Think is even on there, which is a terrific book).
@mrdanielschwarz uxtricks.design? It looks great! I just checked it out and subscribed. Will look up your book too.
I’m subscribed to Blinkist - will start with your first recommendation. Thank you!
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@mrdanielschwarz Yeah I think Alexa is the way to go for smart speakers! I'd only consider Siri or Google as they reach all the mobile devices.
But what I've seen so far is that smart speaker users actually use the voice features, whereas mobile phones less so.
I think voice will be here to stay, for me it makes sense - I hate looking through menus to find an app that I know is installed and want to open. So much easier to tell the phone to open it. And lots of situations where voice improves experience:
- from a bed
I'll have a new article soon on it, but I'll definitely be building something for voice too. What do you have in mind?
@kelechi Yep, that’s the one! I’m actually working on a redesign atm!
Btw InVision actually have a Blinkist playlist with a whole bunch of design books, including Lean UX and Lean Analytics.
@Graeme For sure, I mean, to use Siri you need to have your hands free, which is a bit counterintuitive. Alexa turns on my Xbox while I'm still taking off my coat, which allows me to start playing quicker, and you can’t really put a price on that
But that aside, I definitely see voice being used with traditional UIs, especially for search functions as you said.
Funny you mention cooking because I'm working on a new venture called Nomad Noms that is basically meal plans as a service, with city food guides coming later (hence the term Nomad Noms). It's a natural fit for cooking, as well as being able to search for a specific plan with a specific recipe, or finding out what your next scheduled meal is.
@mrdanielschwarz thanks for these suggestions!! Just downloaded all the books in Invision's list + more !
to use Siri you need to have your hands free
Ah yes it's true, every time I trie to use Siri, it tells me I have to first unlock my phone
oo! sounds cool, this would be useful for me! I'm just eating anything from Cafes at the moment. It's hard to plan meals with balancing work and getting to know a new place. Looking forward to giving feedback!
@Graeme My biggest issues with the café saga is finding:
- Healthy food
- Vegan food (not a strict requirement, but...)
- At an affordable cost (because I eat out daily)
And yeah, the daily “So what do you want to eat?” conversation is annoying too
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@mrdanielschwarz all the same problems here, but Vegan is not so hard in Madrid! Always quite expensive though - we have had to start cooking more this week, and I'm lazy to do that. I have just been playing with a language school idea where we crowdsource language schools around the world - I found it quite hard to find and compare schools without first getting recommendations. I can imagine something similar for Nomad Noms - have you thought about crowdsourcing those factors and mapping them out? That'd be cool!
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@Graeme For sure, after all, you can‘t nomad everywhere at once!
And let's be fair, the traveling part of traveling is balls. Today I spent 9 hours on a bus (London>Paris).
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@d__bailey I’m so freaking vanilla having been self-taught code only for fulfilling side hustles (i.e. HTML/CSS/jQuery-sorta/PHP-sorta). Any advice for someone maybe wanting to learn real development? It’s been a decade and I’m still getting by with StackOverflow
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@mrdanielschwarz without stack overflow I think half the internet would disappear...
@d__bailey @mrdanielschwarz haha Google and StackOverflow are vital to my code too! WesBos is awesome, I learned React and Redux from his course:
Also, if you're thinking about frameworks to learn, check out this thread from Pieter Levels. He's using PHP and JQuery from back in the day, showing you don't need to learn the latest stuff to make cool stuff!
@Graeme Yup this is pretty much me!
@d__bailey Great advice, thanks! I’ve heard of Wes Bos so I’ll certainly give that a try!
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2018 was a lot of reset and reinvigoration for me. I started the year pretty rocky disliking my role at a tech startup that just wasn't meshing well for me. One of the classic scenarios of a designer reporting to a marketing director, lots of micromanagement and creative woes! Luckily got picked up at my current role toward the summer and I'm loving it so far!
At this new role I've had to reinvest some time in brushing up on my React/JS which is always a nice brain exercise I feel. I'm hoping in the upcoming year to incorporate more of it within my prototypes and combine them with my animations to ensure a fantastic presentation experience to my dev teams. I'm also helping mentor some junior designers, so the leadership hat is always a process to take in and learn from as well!