UX Motel: The State of Web Design Usability [Infographic] –

This infographic details some interesting statistics, facts and trend about the current state of web design usability and, UX.

Source: The State of Web Design Usability [Infographic] – UX Motel

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Design and the Circular Economy

What if we had a new way to design products, services, and businesses that were good for people, the planet, and business?

That’s one of the questions we were seeking to answer when IDEO teamed up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the Circular Design Guide.

Read more at  Design and the Circular Economy

Bot Yourself – IBM Watson What does it mean to #bot yourself

Want to create your own bot but too busy to read the full tutorial? You can import our workspace! Signup for a Bluemix account, create your conversation instance, import the workspace. Keep reading below for full details.What do chatbots do? Whether it’s answering questions for online shoppers, assisting customers file their taxes, or helping people understand their insurance policies, chatbots are enhancing experiences today more than ever. But the experiences that you choose to enhance is entirely up to you. To see how easy it is to build your chatbot and enhance those experiences, keep reading…

My not so technical background

When I started with IBM Watson as a recent undergrad in August of 2016, if I had been asked to build a bot, it would have been the end of the line for me – I don’t code, and I’m not super technical. Today though is a different story. This is the story of how someone – with no experience building chatbots – can “bot themselves” using the IBM Watson Conversation API.

What does it mean to bot yourself?Exactly what it sounds like. The idea is to create a chatbot that can answer questions about you, as if it were you, without actually being you. So, it could answer questions about where you’re from, what you do for work, and when you graduated college. And if you’re ambitious, it can even talk to your mom for you when you’re “busy”.

Source: Bot Yourself – IBM Watson

Adweek: Global Consultancies Are Buying Up Agencies and Reshaping the Brand Marketing World –

 

In the waning weeks of 2015, Mike Barrett, president of San Francisco agency Heat, and his partners, John Elder and Steve Stone, faced the biggest decision of their careers as they mulled acquisition options for the shop, which, true to its name, had grown to rank among the hottest independents in the business.

Should they join one of the global agency holding companies showing interest?

That seemed like a logical move for a group that had built a reputation for creative innovation with high-profile campaigns on behalf of EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise and a Star Wars: Battlefront reboot en route to being named Adweek’s Breakthrough Agency of the Year.

Read all at http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/global-consultancies-are-buying-up-agencies-and-reshaping-the-brand-marketing-world/