role: Creative Technologist, UX Research Lead
“There’s no older problem facing humanity than helping two people who don’t speak the same language communicate,” Pendar Yousefi, UX lead for Google Translate
I led a year-long effort at the Creative Lab in playing with Translate’s conversation mode beyond mobile phones — simply trying to think of how Translate might exist in a public space. It involved a lot of physical & software-based protoyping and user testing.
When the Google Assistant and Home devices launched (the "Home Hub", in particular), a much more natural home was found for all that work.
Below are a few snaps from the process (the rendering below as a collab with industrial designer colleague Isaac Blankensmith).