The folks at Cooper are learning by doing as they experiment with building their own voice apps for Alexa and other platforms. As they’ve begun to encounter recurring problems, they’re taking note of the design patterns that solve them.

We’re trying to capture some of these patterns as we work on voice UI design for young platforms like Alexa. We identified five patterns and what they’re best suited for here.

This is how the industry finds its way to best practices: experimenting, sharing solutions, and finally, putting good names to those solutions. Cooper is off to a good start with these design patterns:

  • A la carte menu
  • Secret menu
  • Confident command
  • Call and response
  • Educated guess

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