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Cheryl Platz Young

Cheryl Platz

Senior Designer, Microsoft

Cheryl er sjefsdesigner for Microsofts Azure-portal og markedsplass. Hun spesialiserer seg i design innen Natural User Interfaces (NUI), som stemmestyrte opplevelser, og historiefortelling i design.

Hun har inngående erfaring som designer for multimodale- og stemmestyrte opplevelser i Amazons Alexa, Microsofts Cortana, og for Windows’ Automotive team. Hun har også mer tradisjonell erfaring fra videospill, og som programmer som håndterer servere, websider, og fornøyelsesparker.

På fritiden er Cheryl profesjonell skuespiller innen improvisert teater og live internett-sendinger.

The voice of the future (en)

What works and what does not work with voice control technology?

Voice user interfaces (VUI) are a hot topic in the public eye, but a deeper look reveals this technology is still in its infancy. We examine the biggest unsolved problems and resulting opportunities that must be solved before voice UI is truly humanistic or conversational.

This talk will be on Friday.

Giving voice to your voice designs (en)

A unique opportunity to learn some basics about designing for voice interaction.

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. 


How do you know whether a leap into this emerging specialty may be just the right thing for your career? Odds are, your existing skills and creativity can be reframed to adapt to this new technology with the addition of some domain specific guidelines and creative lenses.

Who is the workshop for?

The workshop with Cheryl Platz is for designers who wish to learn about the logics in the voice user interface.

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.

Join us and see how the skills you already have can translate to this evolving design specialty. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of voice design and apply those skills to plan your own voice app in the form of an Alexa skill.

We begin by reviewing basic terminology you’ll need to communicate with other voice designers and speech scientists. Learn the difference between an intent and a slot, the importance of context, and principles for setting your customers up for success in a few simple words.

Voice interface design deliverables take many forms. We’ll review best practices and how to scale the process down for your initial explorations, or how to scale it up if you’re working with consumer-scale voice products.

Finally, we dive into an hour-long structured hands-on session where you sketch out your interaction model for your app.

Participant takeaways:

  • A basic cross-company vocabulary for dealing with voice design
  • Understanding of key voice design deliverables and their role in the process: storyboarding, flows, sample dialogs and final prompts
  • Guidance on how to pursue shipping your first Alexa Voice Service skill to gain experience in voice interactivity

Max 15 participants
Time: 09.00 - 15.30
Place: Netlife Design, Stenersgata 8, 0184 Oslo
Price: Sold out!

Workshops kan kun kjøpes kombinert med en Webdagene billett.