Tag: user experience (UX)

Multilingual moms rock

Remember to think “diversity” and include gender and roles in your UX research. That includes gender-based and language-based roles in your user research screener. And, bear in mind, “roles” are not always about ‘9 to 5’ jobs, as any full-time parent will tell you.

Conversational UI Language Design at LocWorld35

Conversational UI localization and language design skills are central to a great user experience. CUI means we moved from a "user"-centric concept of design to a human-centric one. After all, what could be more "natural" that talking to a computer? Both humans and computers "converse" in dialog, and it's the language design knowledge for such a conversation that's critical to delivering a natural, human-like interaction between the two.

Language at the ❤ of Conversational Interfaces

A Chat About Language and UI Chatbots and conversational interfaces are all the rage right with startups, VCs, innovators and users alike. Messenger apps have surpassed...

Conversational User Experience: Language Learning with Duolingo

Duolingo user experience shows how smart use of people and technology delivers satisfied users and increases language skills. For many, Duolingo is the “only game” in town.

Kudos and Comhghairdeas* to Duolingo’s Irish Language Volunteers

The Irish President (Uachtarán Na hEireann) Michael D. Higgins (Micheál D Ó hUigínn) (@PresidentIRL) has publicly recognized seven volunteers for their work in building up the Irish...

Watch Your Audience: Cultural Nuances for WearableTech Whisperers

I was demoing some smartwatch user experience in Central Europe recently and a couple of older members of the audience remarked that I reminded...

User Experience Takeaways: Still Hungry for Localization Change

Readers of MultiLingual magazine will know about the “Takeaway” section towards the back of the publication. It’s a kind of bully pulpit-meets-12 Step meeting...

Visual Composer makes Citizen Developer a Citoyen du Monde

Interesting to see that Facebook has announced the launch of a multilingual composer tool that enables users to post their status updates in different...

“Hello. Is it .ME You’re Looking For?” L10n Storytelling for Coders

Using plain language and reflecting the user's world are long-established tenets of software user experience (UX). These days we might talk more about context and...

The Advent of Finnish Emojis: Happy Holidays, Headbangers

The Finnish government has released its own set of emojis (絵文字) that capture just what it means to be so Finnish. Reflecting the season that's in it, you...

Is Your Development Relations Effort Global?

Just back from a very successful visit to Beijing and Singapore where I delivered PaaS for SaaS enablement to local Oracle partners. Oracle Applications User Experience partner enablement is...

How Well Do You Know Your Local User? Take A Walk...

How well do you know the local market? What assumptions do you operate on? Well, take a look at this post "Design Time @...

Going Native: Chinese Mobile UX

Shout out for a great article by Dan Grover (@dangrover), writing about Chinese mobile app user interface trends. Dan relocated from San Francisco to China,...

When Myself and Himself of Smartling Met at the #Websummit

Delighted to say that I've finally met in person with Jack Welde (@jwelde) of Smartling. We've been missing each other for about 12 months...

On Chimpanzees, Translators, and Technology: #Haterzgonnahate

User experience (UX) is about understanding everything a user encounters along the journey to completing a task. Working in UX means observing the people,...

Google Glass Exploration: A Global Heads Up

If you're a fan of the cultural dimensions of information and communications technology and also into wearables, then you might like to play at...

DARE to be HyperLocal: Context and Language at the Mall

I love this piece about regional language preferences from the San Francisco Chronicle blog, “Which Words Are Special to Californian?”. It offers us a...

Augmented Reality Translation and Wearables: Sit Up and Take Notice

About three years ago on Blogos, I wrote about the Visual Quest Word Lens app. I wrote that "there was a lot more than...

Visual Design of UIs Worldwide: Favorite Readings

Visual design of the user interface (UI) is an integral part of delivering a great user experience, be it for consumers, enterprise workers, or...

How DO Startups "DO" Localization?

I asked the audience after my coffee, context and crapplications talk to the International Multilingual User Group  (IMUG) in San Jose, California recently, if anyone...

What Localization Can Learn From Dolphins in Asia

Quite a lot actually! In this case, it's not  Flipper you need to chatter with, but read the great user experience-driven article featuring Dolphin...

Contextualizing Localization in the Time of Austerity 2013

I spoke at Localization World in London last week on the subject of Context of Use in User Experience and Use of Context in...

Another UX and L10n Best Practice from Mozilla: Gaia

Here's a great example of how localization was considered by a user experience (UX) team during the design phase.  The Mozilla team enabled higher...

Icons: Global UX Considerations Revisited and Translators without Borders

I previously raised the issue of how context of use influences our perceptions of icons, and how globalization "best practices" and guidance about icons...