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


Will the #GigEconomy Make the #Office Obsolete? #smartcreatives

The gig economy, where independent consultants, contractors, and freelancers create portfolios of work in lieu of one full-time job, is transforming the way we work by disconnecting work from an office. In the traditional jobs economy, employers often require employee attendance in the office five days a week, eight hours a day.

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Simple Solution to Boost Productivity: Clean Your Desk


Reliable Plant points to a number of studies and data points that show just how devastating office clutter and disorganization can be. Their research shows that the average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for paper, which increases stress and reduces concentration and creative thinking.

Source: Simple Solution to Boost Productivity: Clean Your Desk

4 basic UX design books

We, at dsgnrs, care to find new books that inspire us. That help us on our daily lives. This is ever more true when those books were written by top designers. We just love to know how they work, which tools they use and their personal tricks!

We can’t stop learning about design: from the basics to the latest trend or methodology. Be it on sketching, Service Design, Design Research… You name it!

This is a list of our favorites, but don’t hesitate to tell us yours.

So, this is THE BOOK. If you could only read one book, this is it. This book will become the stepping stone on your path to think like a designer. We make sure we read it once every year. And we recommend it to everyone who wants to start a career in design. By the way, the author, Tim Brown, is a leading figure in the field. You should just follow him.

This book introduces the idea of design thinking‚ the collaborative process by which the designer′s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people′s needs not only with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy. In short‚ design thinking converts need into demand. It′s a human−centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and more creative.

2. This is Service Design Thinking.

Do you want to broad your thinking? Do you want to shed some light on what Service Design is? Do you want to discover the tools that Service Design will give you and how to use them? You got it covered with this book. Bonus point: it was written by the best service designers from different companies all over the world teaming together to create this great piece.

  • Basics: outlines service design thinking along five basic principles
  • Tools: describing a variety of tools and methods used in Service Design Thinking
  • Cases: vivid examples for the introduced fundamentals with real-life case studies from 5 companies that did inspiring projects within the field of Service Design.

3. Usability Testing Essentials: ready, set… test!

This book will equip you with the main tools and techniques that are required to kickoff your usability tests. Later on it will give you more in-depth knowledge on the subject too.

Provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to usability testing, a crucial part of every product’s development.

  • The fully updated four-color edition now features important usability issues such as international testing, persona creation, remote testing, and accessibility.
  • Follow-up to Usability Testing and Research.

Designing for the digital age.

This is a massive book. Both physically and in terms of quality. Content-wise is great, it covers every area you can imagine. Is your go-to book whenever you have any doubt or question. It will give you back inspiration and answers to: What can I expect after running an ethnography study? How can I…? How should I run this workshop?…. This book will become your best design-buddy.

Topics include assembling a design team, planning and conducting user research, analyzing your data and turning it into personas, using scenarios to drive requirements definition and design, collaborating in design meetings, evaluating and iterating your design, and documenting finished design in a way that works for engineers and stakeholders alike.

The back of the napkin.

Ever felt like you’re not making yourself clear? Do you feel like your words don’t express what you’re thinking? You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words.

This book comprehends explanations, exercises and visual concepts that will show you how to convey your messages in a visual way. Get ready to grab your sharpie and start drawing!

“There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it. And there is no more powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem.”

What books do you consider a must? What books have inspired you the most? Do you have any books you would recommend to a newbie in design? How about for a more senior designer?