Voice interactions have already seen huge growth in 2017. The Amazon Alexa Skills Store has grown exponentially and now there are more than 15,000 skills available to customers, with more being added every day.
People across the globe are starting to realize that voice command is no longer science fiction. The technology is learning fast and it’s here to stay. Why?
Voice command is a natural, fun and convenient way to interact with technology. Technology is becoming more human, and voice services like Amazon Alexa are learning new skills and expanding in terms of their use cases all the time. Today you might be comfortable checking the weather or setting an alarm via voice, but in the near future, you’ll be completing even very complex interactions simply by talking.
In order to prepare UX designers for this impending shift in user behavior, CareerFoundry is collaborating with Amazon Alexa to deliver the first, comprehensive Voice User Interface Design course.
The 8-week course covers the cornerstones of voice design, and is designed to make you the resident expert for voice design in your organization. You’ll pick up valuable skills and knowledge including: the history of voice, use cases, user personas and system personas, user stories and scripts, usability testing, accessibility, as well as exploring the nuances of how to design for combined voice and graphical interfaces.
While voice interactions are still in their infancy, the potential is huge and over the next decade technology will shift in this direction. This potential goes way beyond your standard, albeit very cool, shortcuts and time-saving hacks.
Creating an Amazon Alexa skill is not difficult (as you will learn in the course, when you create 3 of them!). Businesses who adapt to voice early on will have a definite head start compared to those who join later.
Voice services are reaching a level of user-friendliness where consumers actually find them valuable. As this technology has already made its way into millions of households, there’s going to be a huge need in the market for voice design talent!
Voice is growing so quickly that companies are already struggling to find voice experts. For that reason - if you’re interested in voice user interfaces, it’s a great moment to get involved, and mature alongside the technology.
The new, comprehensive course, Voice User Interface Design with Amazon Alexa teaches the exact skills that UX designers and agencies will need in order to venture into this exciting field. You can learn more about the course here.
Since 2014, CareerFoundry has enabled thousands of students to change careers through 3 to 6 month courses. These beginners’ courses follow a learning system created by instructional designers from Harvard and Berkeley, which involves learning, building, and then getting feedback from a professional, before moving on to the next learning goal. At the end of the course, students have a portfolio full of real work examples, as well the knowledge they’ll need from day 1 on the job. Now the winning formula is being applied to specialization training for established professionals - minus the job guarantee!