What if ChatGPT was fun?

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Team Designlab
Team Designlab
Apr 19, 2024
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What if ChatGPT was Fun? 

  • Large language models are inarguably a highly useful tool for a multitude of reasons—however, author Andrian Chan insightfully breaks down how LLMs could be more enjoyable for users by invoking a more human spirit of collaboration in conversation. 
  • One point proposed is that LLMs have no inherent interest in a conversation with a user—but if an LLM could be trained to question rather than answer, a more dynamic exchange could be prompted, leading to user excitement and enrichment. 
  • “An LLM that is an interesting and compelling conversation partner might expose and open up user information through conversation and engagement better than one designed to solve problems directly and immediately.

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Navigating Decision Fatigue as a UX Designer

  • UX designers make a tremendous amount of decisions, from obvious and large-scale design decisions to how a user will engage with microinteractions. But mental fatigue from constant choices can deplete creativity and lead to burnout. 
  • This multifaceted article highlights the essentials of both pragmatism in your design work, as well as the importance of self-care. If you’re feeling fatigued, go back to basics and remember the design goal; however, remember that rest and mental rejuvenation are just as relevant. 
  • “By understanding, acknowledging, and actively managing decision fatigue, designers can develop resilience and continue delivering their best work, even when faced with a constant stream of choices."

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Neurodesign: 7 Tips for Deeper Emotional Engagement

  • Neurodesign considers how psychology and neurosciences inform the way users interact with elements of design, and how engagement and user satisfaction can be improved by implementing tenets of neurodesign in UX. 
  • One fantastic example of neurodesign is the task manager, Asana: they use playful animations for completing tasks and giving kudos to other team members, bringing a sense of surprise and delight to users around what could otherwise be mundane tasks. 
  • Other concepts, such as using human faces for deeper user connection and crafting strong user personalization, are championed in this thoughtful article.

💜 Portfolio Inspiration

Devin Gordon, a UX Academy graduate, integrates his background in graphic design to bring evocative color palettes to his UX design work. He combines strong visual elements with thorough research to deliver a compelling product in Decimal, a budgeting app. In another project called Breezy, engaging branding paired with clean but inviting color choices make a responsive design for buying insurance feel incredibly accessible.

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