• Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 3 years ago

    cool thing, but what about autofilled saved form data? Is that time saving feature just being ignored? What about power users who don't need or don't want a forced walkthrough, but are rather quick with filling out forms? Conversational interfaces can include people and cover cases that otherwise couldn't be covered as easy, but won't it treat other audiences as edge cases?

    What if you make this kind of conversational interface for a service that needs to be as responsive (not as in "flexible", but as in responding-quickly) as possible in some cases, like an emergency for example?

    What if you just want to write an email to someone, yet the form forces you to converse with it, even if you otherwise just could have tabed the mailto link?

    hm :/

    3 points
  • Mike LMike L, over 3 years ago

    Very cool! I'd like to see them add a logic tree of "if they select DESIGNER, then start asking THESE questions. If they select DEVELOPER,..." etc.

    2 points
  • Joe Crupi, over 3 years ago

    Nice effort but...

    "We needed a way to turn web forms into conversations" Why? What real world problem are you trying to solve?

    "Conversational Form turns web forms into conversations — making it easy for developers and designers to engage with users in a more compelling and conversational way." Why do developers and designers need to engage with users?!

    "Basically, web forms are a means of exchanging information with a web server." Exactly! It's not a human-to-human interaction by definition.

    FWIW, I tried the demo - both the traditional and web conversation versions. When I tried the web conversation demo, it took me 3 times as long to fill it out - despite being already familiar with the questions from the traditional version.

    Like I said - it's a nice effort but we need to be cautious on how we as designers offer these kinds of solutions to our clients. Always make sure your solving the right problem with the right solution.

    1 point
    • Daniel Friis, over 3 years ago

      I totally get where you're going. But the point is to ask if we can do things more clever and more efficient than we're doing it today. I believe conversational interfaces are a way of removing friction. Voice interfaces for instance, would enable almost 300 mio. people who are visually impaired to gain newfound access to technology.

      I don't think our tool solves the problems right out of the gate - but it's a step in the right direction.

      0 points
    • Alex Getty, over 3 years ago

      What real world problem are you trying to solve? This really depends on the complexity of the form and the literacy of the users, but I'm sure there are plenty of scenarios where this format is at least a viable alternative to a traditional form. I won't throw my full weight behind it until I see some analytics on it though.

      Why do developers and designers need to engage with users?! I interpreted this as enabling developers and designers to create a more engaging experience, not necessarily engaging with the users themselves.

      Exactly! It's not a human-to-human interaction by definition. With the emergence of chatbots over the past year, conversations are no longer an exclusively human-to-human interaction. We exchange information in the real world through dialog, so just like all the other skeuomorphic metaphors in UI design we use, why wouldn't we at least try conversation?

      0 points
  • Noah SNoah S, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    I think this is very interesting so kudos to the SPACE10 team. I could see this working well to enable users to help themselves by pointing them to relevant content in large directories of FAQ's, products, troubleshooting guides etc. by answering a series of questions in the form. So more of a stepped directory filter. As a contact form though I think it may need some more work. Thomas bought up some great points ( auto-complete is how I use forms every day on every device ) and I would add to that that there needs to be an affordance to edit information once it has been submitted. If I misspell my address for example there is no way for me to update it in the message chain at which point I would need to restart the submission process. To reiterate, this is cool and useful, but may need some tweaking to meet common form use cases.

    1 point
  • Jackson AlsopJackson Alsop, over 3 years ago

    Some cool tech work, for sure.

    From a design perspective I'm not really sold – seems like a solution in search of a problem.

    1 point
  • Chris GwynneChris Gwynne, over 3 years ago

    Whilst we are on same discussion, came across this today; (http://www.azumbrunnen.me)

    1 point
  • Vipul. MishraVipul. Mishra, 3 years ago

    Great job Daniel & team.. I'm bit late to the party but loving it.. Thanks for building and sharing it with design community.

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  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 3 years ago

    How exactly does this improve the experience? People are warry of signing up for accounts (and the success of signup with facebook should be a testament to this) for a reason - it takes time and effort.

    A mechanism whever you have to wait for a cartoon robot to give you one bit of the information that's required is hardly efficient. In a regular form, most fields are generally the same and people can quickly fill them out one by one while scanning the rest of them form. Not to mention it's harder to read 'Hi there! what's your name?' than simply 'Name' is.

    This looks to me just more of designers overcomplicating things trying to show off.

    0 points
    • Mike LMike L, over 3 years ago

      I think it's a less efficient way to enter information. But I think it'd be worth testing whether it made people more motivated to fill out a form they otherwise might not, for cases where that's important.

      1 point
  • , over 3 years ago

    Conversational Form is an open-source concept by SPACE10 to easily turn any form element on a web page into a conversational form interface. It features conversational replacement of all input elements, reusable variables from previous questions and complete customization and control over the styling.

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  • Kaave Pour, over 3 years ago

    Love it

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