Giving Voice to your Voice Designs

  • 15 Jun 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Smartsheet 10500 Northeast 8th Street Suite 1300 Bellevue, WA 98004


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Join us and see how the skills you already have can translate to this evolving design specialty. Designing for voice interaction can be an intimidating concept for a generation of designers trained primarily in visual principles and patterns, but there’s a greater need for voice designers than there are folks experienced in voice design. As Seattle-area designers are acutely aware, voice user interfaces are a particularly hot topic in this region, and yet still fairly uncharted territory.

We will kick off by briefly recapping the core terminology and systems you’ll need to understand when working with natural language speech recognition systems. What are slots? Catalogs? What’s the difference between ASR and NLU? Once we’ve built a common understanding, we’ll move on to explore the common situational considerations voice designers face that differ from traditional screen-based design constraints.

Our exploration will culminate with a few basic design guidelines you can apply to your own voice design work immediately.

This is an abbreviated version of the “Giving Voice to your Voice Designs” workshop Cheryl is currently touring worldwide. The workshop debuted to a sold-out group at IxDA’s Interaction17 conference in New York, and was presented at UX Lisbon in May. Cheryl will be bringing her full VUI design workshop to EuroIA in Stockholm and Webdagene in Oslo this fall.


6:30 PM: Doors open
6:30 - 7:00 PM: Food, drink and networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Presentation with Q&A
8:00 - 8:30 PM: More food, drink and conversation
8:30 PM: The event concludes

About the speaker, Cheryl Platz

Cheryl Platz is currently the Design Lead for the Azure Portal and Marketplaces at Microsoft. In 2014, she had the honor of joining Amazon as the first product and UX designer on the recently-announced Echo Look. She later joined the Alexa voice UI design team, delivering the initial designs for the newly-announced Alexa Notifications features and making contributions to the Echo Show and other products, features and third party partnerships along the way before her departure late last year for Microsoft.

Her deep love of learning, variety, and solving large-scale problems has taken Cheryl’s career through a wide variety of products including Windows Automotive, Cortana, System Center Configuration Manager, Windows Intune, and over half a dozen video games for Electronic Arts and Disney.

In her free time, Cheryl is a professional improvisational actress (and teacher) at Unexpected Productions and a variety of other production companies in the Seattle region. Follow her on Medium and Twitter at @muppetaphrodite or at

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