Sure, you’re a great designer. You went to the best art school, you master the analytics tools and you’re the bomb at front end development. No one is delivering products faster than you and your decisions are smart and well-based. But, still, why would anyone want to work with you if you can’t create a great human interaction?
About a week ago I went to Chatbot Summit – the first international chatbot summit in Israel. The event was really cool and some really interesting speakers came to share their knowledge and experience.
The summit had 3 stages: The central stage, the conversational stage and the cognitive stage. Every stage was focused on a certain subject. I chose the conversational stage, that focused on creating the right conversation with the user. I found this to be the best fit for UX.
As you may have read before, in my previous post about chatbots, you know I’m a bit skeptical, but I must say, this summit got me exposed to the really fun and amazing part of the whole chatbot phenomena.
Chatbots are fun, easy and really engaging, and I think they’re here to stay. I’ve listed some reasons why chatbots are awesome:
I’m a designer and I know I have lots of flaws and weaknesses, putting me far from being able to design the perfect product. I know I can’t trust myself, but that motivates me to idiot-proof my whole workflow. I help myself with any app and service there is, I test myself a hundred times and I make sure I’m doing the right job, before I publish it. This is my personal way of managing workflow, and if you’re having some (or all) of the self-management problems I’m having, I hope you’ll use these tools for your benefit (Also, at the end of the post you can sign up for the newsletter and get a checklist of this workflow for your personal use).
I’ve met Tom Lahat in his new office in Tel Aviv, in the midst of an extensive hiring round. His startup just recently doubled its size but Tom is still full of energy, he tells me that he plans to fill 20 more positions by the end of the year. Tom, Chief Product Officer at Tailor Brands, a fast growing design startup that he co-founded together with Yali Saar, CEO, and Nadav Shatz, CTO, started his way as a graphic designer. Today, his startup designs branding for over 500,000 business worldwide, and is the first company to design all of its branding 100% automated, using only algorithms to do its work. It generates personalized business cards, presentation etc… Their site is really cool and if you need branding for your business, I suggest you check it out.
I tend to be quite awkward when it comes to socializing. I never know how should I greet someone or what should I say or not say, and that gets me pretty nervous. Luckily for me, technology, over the time, has made human interactions more distant and clear and less awkward. However, with the rise of bots and AI, I sense interactions are becoming awkward again.
I’ve been to a conference about “Data-Driven Marketing” which was mostly about analyzing big data reports, but more than that it taught me about analyzing data, it taught me how little do I know and how much I still have to learn.
When it comes to creativity, there’s one thing I really hate, and it’s stubbornness, which I often find when meeting people who’ve worked in the industry for too long. One of my biggest fears is becoming one of these stubborn old-fashioned guys.