Storytelling Kills Design: No Image Says More Than a Thousand Words


The age of visual design is moving towards its end. In the future, the beauty of a design lies only in its operability, not in its looks. However, designers will still be needed.

However, there won’t be graphic designers anymore, but rather pure UX designers. Here, the fact that they won’t work with the graphic medium, but with words, is just a detail. They will get used to it.

Conversational Interfaces Are the Interface of the Future

This is not really surprising if we take a look at where we’re going. The future clearly lies in the so-called conversational interfaces – interfaces that work on the basis of a conversation. Here’s where apps that are able to directly react to user input come into play.

These can be interfaces that respond to entered input, or ones that comprehend spoken language. The device that will be the first to experience and accelerate this paradigm shift is the smartphone.

Chat Bots and Language Assistants: Visual Interfaces Are Redundant

Here, we already use apps like WhatsApp. The good old SMS has long been left behind in favor of these modern messengers. The next step on this path are the already widely available chat bots. They are programs that react to your input, and turn them into actions. The interaction feels like a conversation. There are no thresholds anymore. We can use our oldest way of interaction. We can do so whenever we can.

The rapidly evolving voice assistants are on the rise as well. Their newest generations already offer functions that we used to need plenty of apps for. Nowadays, you can make Siri order a taxi, or control your favorite fitness app. Once Apple has opened its voice assistant for third-party providers via SiriKit, we should expect the small speech processor’s skillset to grow drastically. The Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Alexa fall into the same category, as well as the Samsung assistant called Bixby, although it has only been announced as of right now, and doesn’t actually exist yet.

No matter if chat or voice, or both, the written, or spoken word is the basis for all actions. A visual interface is not only unnecessary here, it simply doesn’t exist.

Fast Internet and Fast Processors Speed Up the Development

Why now, and not earlier? This question is justified, as we’ve been speaking for much longer than we’ve been using apps. The answer is rather simple, though. In order to trigger interactions via speech, powerful computers, and fast internet connections are required.

After all, the processing happens in the cloud. Without a fast connection, the transfer of the speech snippets simply takes too long, and without fast processors, it takes too long to calculate a meaningful response.