The (ancient) art of conversation: Styling beyond the GUI

Oct 25, 2017 · Melbourne, Australia


What happens when your ability to persuade *is* your UI? Looking to antiquity to reframe our vision of the future, this talk uses rhetoric, a philosophy born in ancient Greece, as a framework to examine how we will design and build chatbots, hybrid UIs, and hidden UI interactions going forwards.
Invention, Style, Arrangement, Delivery and Memory: the 5 Canons of Rhetoric were conceived to win hearts, minds, and votes. In digital, our measures of success are engagement, traction and conversion - and when our computing interactions are reduced to simple conversations, our entire arsenal may once again be rhetoric. Let's learn what philosophy can teach us about designing for the future of computing.


Laura is a user experience researcher, designer & front-end developer who works with startups to build meaningful products. She's currently working at fintech startup with a rad team of devs and finance geeks. She's a regular co-host on Byte into It, a computer news, tech talk and chat program on Melbourne's RRR radio. Laura is a passionate advocate for improving diversity in technology and ensuring our workplaces are welcoming and inclusive. 

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