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My website is now conversational. Because why not.

almost 5 years ago from , Design at Google, previously iA, my website talked to you.

I'm running an experiment here to get better at designing and writing conversations. If you hit reload after the first visit, the conversation will change.

If you manage to tell the bot that you are a designer, I will start sending you good UX reads.

Let's talk.

https://medium.com/swlh/my-website-is-now-conversational-because-why-not-46e1d8a369#.25y0oak0q

27 comments

  • Stoyan Ilchev, over 4 years ago

    I encourage every form of self-expression :) One thing that I didn't particularly like is when I asked to learn more about the work you've done for your clients you kept asking me to meet over coffee/tea/send email, but I really wanted to read or see what you've done. That turned me off. Maybe even say something along the lines of "I'm sorry, but the work I've done is under NDA and cannot be shared unless we speak directly" or something... otherwise I felt cheated.

    13 points
    • Dan GDan G, over 4 years ago

      Had the same experience. It seems slightly odd to go straight from "I'd like to see some work" to "You must meet me IRL for this".

      From a UX perspective too I'd also massively narrow the width of the page, it was kinda like watching tennis (hyperbole).

      2 points
    • Adrian ZumbrunnenAdrian Zumbrunnen, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      Awesome feedbacks. Totally agree that the coffee meetup is a little fast. That's probably why I fail in dating from time to time. hmm..

      Please come back to the website though. And if it asks you "are you a UX designer?" make sure you say yes ;)

      2 points
    • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, over 4 years ago

      Nah

      4 points
  • Clark WimberlyClark Wimberly, over 4 years ago

    The way this was shared kinda sums up my thoughts on some conversational interfaces. Instead of just a link to your website, it's starts here as discussion. Then, still instead of a link to your site, we get a link to your Medium article. From there, we finally get a link, but even then we don't actually get to see any work.

    So, lots of steps for very little payoff.

    8 points
  • Bjarke DaugaardBjarke Daugaard, over 4 years ago

    It is not really true conversational if you can only interact by pressing buttons. But a cool idea

    6 points
  • Simon EvansSimon Evans, over 4 years ago

    Nice idea and good implementation! Might want to fix this encoding bug though: img

    3 points
  • James Young, over 4 years ago

    I like that, really nice way to control the direction the visitor takes

    2 points
  • Jeff CouturierJeff Couturier, over 4 years ago

    Rather broken on Firefox. Clicking the green button does nothing.

    1 point
  • Surjith S MSurjith S M, over 4 years ago

    You should have check this: http://jor.dance

    1 point
  • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, over 4 years ago

    I didn't make it past the first interaction, and just scrolled. I was satisfied. However, this is nicely executed even if it's not for me.

    1 point
  • Ryan Murphy, over 4 years ago

    Very clever. I suppose you could easily give each conversation inflection point a few more dimensions if you wanted?

    (Also, for what it's worth, the Twitframe piece didn't work for me. I just get a "Loading tweet..." dialog and a giant white box. Probably Chrome's fault?)

    1 point
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, over 4 years ago

    Medium, huh.

    0 points
  • Joe Crupi, over 4 years ago

    The 'because why not' is the real problem here - 'because why not' in the past has lead to a lot of superfluous design decisions - both from clients and designers alike.

    I feel that you might struggle to map this functionality back to a specific user journey or to meet a user need.

    Otherwise, it's a fun little experiment (c:

    0 points
    • Adrian Zumbrunnen, over 4 years ago

      Totally agree! Pun intended here. Why not refers to the fact that we need to explore new things in order to understand them. Only then, can we actually evaluate how useful it is.

      0 points
  • Adrian Zumbrunnen, over 4 years ago

    Just updated it. Now has email validation and other stuff.

    0 points
  • Sara H, over 4 years ago

    This is really cool! Reminds me a lot of the Quartz app. The preselected responses are a great way to direct the visitor. My one criticism is that the chat content seems at odds with the rest of your portfolio. You're using the chat to share resources before I've learnt anything about you. It'd be great to 'interact' with you a little more before I start receiving articles.

    0 points
  • John PJohn P, over 4 years ago

    comes across as smug and tells me literally nothing about your actual work and abilities

    0 points
  • Napoleon WNapoleon W, over 4 years ago

    This is very cool, Adrian!

    It would be even cooler if one was able to actually write something at some point. And connect that to a Slack channel so that you'd be able to see what people are writing. I believe Bakken & Baeck is doing something like that as a digital guestbook.

    0 points
  • Maciej JurczakMaciej Jurczak, over 4 years ago

    Nice project. I'm very interested how you done it, use js or something else and how you remember who was on site ?

    Oh and only issue I see with site on desktop is with aligning content to both sides of window. I think it will probably be better to put them in some kind of boundaries in middle.

    0 points
  • Ian LambertIan Lambert, over 4 years ago

    Not even joking but I had a dream of something similar last night..

    0 points
  • Alexander DanlingAlexander Danling, over 4 years ago

    Really nice idea!

    0 points