This website is an integral companion to the book Voice User Interface Design, by Michael H. Cohen, James P. Giangola, and Jennifer Balogh. Throughout the book we stress the value of listening to your interface rather than only looking at a written specification. We would be remiss if we did not provide a method by which readers could listen to the many examples presented. This website provides audio versions of the examples presented in the book.
Click here to listen to audio examples.

Voice User Interface Design is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to voice user interface (VUI) design. The VUI is perhaps the most critical factor in the success of any automated speech recognition (ASR) system, determining whether the user experience will be satisfying or frustrating, or even whether the customer will remain one. This book describes a practical methodology for creating an effective VUI design. The methodology is scientifically based on principles in linguistics, psychology, and language technology, and is illustrated here by examples drawn from the authors' work at Nuance Communications, the market leader in ASR development and deployment.


The book begins with an overview of VUI design issues and a description of the technology. The authors then introduce the major phases of their methodology. They first show how to specify requirements and make high-level design decisions during the definition phase. They next cover, in great detail, the design phase, with clear explanations and demonstrations of each design principle and its real-world applications. Finally, they examine problems unique to VUI design in system development, testing, and tuning. Key principles are illustrated with a running sample application.

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