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Voice User Interface – Conversational UI

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We often stuck in a situation where our hands are busy to operate our phone. It is urgent to receive the call as it is important but we could do so. Here, voice user interface plays an important role. VUI or Voice User Interface is a technology through which users are allowed to use voice as an input for the computers, mobile phones or other devices.

Any evolving technology can be termed as useful when it is capable to save some of its most critical things such as energy, time or money etc. and in this context, it is time. VUI offers faster and easier ways to perform these things and voice is the next big technology.

Here are some common things that users can utilize the VUI for:

Unlocking: Through the VUI, the users can give command to their phone to unlock it and it would be unlock automatically. We can wake up along with our sleeping phone with a VC.

Texting: The basic functionality of VUI is to help in converting to texts what we speak through our voice. For example, if we want to chat with our friends or Google Search, we can all do this through VUI. This is also now in possible with Google as input can be in the form of voice search.

Selfie People: This is the great thing for the selfie lovers out there. We can command our phone and it obliges with the beautiful selfie. It can also be done with videos or pictures.

Turn on/Off: Voice commands can also be used for turning our phone on and off as well as various features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, speakers or even other devices.

Navigation: The feature of VUI is very important when the users are on the go. Voice can be helpful in both – searching for the location and giving the directions as well. This feature has already embedded by the GPS systems and Google Maps.

Alarms: Through the VUIs, the task of setting alarm or snoozing it can be performed with our eyes only.

Television: This essential function is also been used in televisions due to which dependence on the remote has minimized. Now there is no necessity to take too much care of remotes or save them from children as voice based instructions will be helpful in changing the channels or turning on and off the television.

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Principles of Flat UI Design

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The trend of flat web design has been emerging since few years and also gaining the popularity as well. The big contribution behind its popularity is of the large companies and organizations that have changed their design aesthetics to the flat design. There is a combination of bright colors and amazing typography which leads to the trend of unique flat designs.

Flat Design: It is a flattened interface design that has stripped any illustration of the third dimension. The elements can be made to appear as they are lying on the some flat surface. The concept of shadows, gradients and glow effects are the non-flat design friendly. It is the easy version of the interface but its detailing is difficult.

Key Principles of Flat Designs: Not all the designers are considering the basic design principles at the time of working with flat designs but we can add a great user experience by creating the flat design and following the below principles:

Minimalistic Design: It can stand accurately opposite to the skeuomorphic design due to the minimalistic visual appearance of the design. There is no use of animations in the flat design as well as attractive UI elements and 3D effects.

Simple User Interface: In this design, there are simple shapes available for the designers like rectangle, circle, square etc for the purpose of integrating the several UI elements. The designers are able to use any shape for the best UI pattern.

Color and Typography: There are vibrant and bold color patterns included in this design rather than gradients, drop shadows and many other efficient design elements as they are not supported by the flat design. In addition to this, color schemes are too bright in comparison to the colors in skeuomorphic design.

No Depth: The 2D flat design has a great contribution in the era of depth web design. There are no drop shadows, strokes and other strong UI elements due to which designers are able to this task. This design basically focuses on the simplification of images.

Visual Hierarchy: Due to the lack of shadows, there is a lack of distinction between the different elements on the page and it makes it difficult for the users to click the elements of their choice.