Voice command is no longer a thing of science fiction. Whether you want to check the weather forecast, turn the music up, or order food, with a voice-controlled device all you need to do is say the ‘wake word’ and make your request. For example, “Alexa, set my alarm for 7am tomorrow!”

For those of us already using devices like Amazon Echo, voice command is making interactions quicker and easier than ever before. And let’s face it, designers who can design for voice are going to be in big demand.

In order to create a new voice design course that teaches the right skills for the market, we’re collaborating with Alexa, Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind millions of devices including Amazon Echo.

Students who sign up for our Certified UX Designer course now will be able to complete the Voice Design with Amazon Alexa specialization course once it’s launched in August. We’ll also be offering the specialization course as a standalone offering for UX professionals who want to hone their skills and stay ahead of the game.

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The topics covered in the course include: the emotional appeal of voice technology, how to create user flows for different types of interactions, and how to design for combined voice and graphic user interface interactions.

According to CareerFoundry CEO, Raffaela Rein, “By 2020, half of all mobile queries will be performed by voice. With such high usage, voice technology will be much more prominent in the design process - and currently there is very little skilled talent in the area. This course will be the first to change that, providing an opportunity for UX designers to get ahead of the curve and specialize in the field.”

Do you want to play a part in designing for emerging technologies? Sign up for the Certified UX Designer program today and get 2 specialization courses included free. If you’re interested in taking the course as a standalone option, like our page on Facebook to be the first to know when it launches!