Meta Refresh 2018

Meta Refresh 2018

The web in your pocket

Sohan Maheshwar


Voice User Interfaces - How designing for the ear differs from designing for screens

Submitted Oct 5, 2018

This talk provides an overview of the history of design in technology, highlighting what we have learned over the years in developing for a screen. Designing for the ear is different from developing for the screen though. This talk establishes best practices for voice-first design using the Alexa Skills Kit contrasting them with GUI design principles. You will learn of the similarities and differences when developing for voice, compared to screen-oriented mediums.


-Evolution of User Interfaces
-The rise of Voice User Interfaces
-Contrasts between Screen and Voice
-Key Voice design principles


microphone and projector

Speaker bio

Sohan is an Alexa Evangelist at Amazon. His role involves inspiring and helping developers build incredible voice experiences using Alexa. He was a part of the Alexa launch in India which has seen developers build over 15,000 skills in a short span of time. Sohan has earlier worked as a developer evangelist for Gupshup and InMobi. In his spare time, you will find him either consuming pop culture or tossing a frisbee around





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