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How to use ChatGPT in your design work
A powerful list of new ChatGPT prompts that will greatly enhance your day-day work designing products
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The biggest release since the 2007 iPhone.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT is all over the place, with people using it for all sorts of stuff ranging from cheating on their assignments to building products. Recently, I started using ChatGPT to get rid of my blank canvas syndrome and ideate faster. You can use it for writing, researching, getting inspired, and analyzing.
JUST IN: 24 hours ago, they just launched GPT-4 Turbo and their own “App Store.” The universe is caving in with this new technology, and I’m all for it.
AI-assisted design is poised to change design forever. But most people are stuck on the beginner level. ChatGPT just announced yesterday that it has acquired over 2 million developers and 100 million weekly active users in only 12 months.
The main idea here is to use ChatGPT as an assistant, not a replacement for design work — design is more than 10x powerful with AI. Let me show you 7 of my favorite ways to boost my design with ChatGPT:
1. Rapid Prototyping of Conversational UI
(OpenAI launched GPTs “it’s like their apps,” so conversational UI will be powerful)
ChatGPT can be a game-changer for designing conversational interfaces. By feeding it sample dialogues or user prompts, designers can quickly generate a wide range of responses and conversational flows.
This allows for the rapid prototyping of chatbots and virtual assistants, significantly reducing the time needed to create complex conversational scripts.
🤖 Sample prompt: Create a conversational flow for a chatbot on ADPList that helps users find a mentor specialized in UX design. The user should start by expressing interest in improving their UX skills and end with booking a session
2. Generate User Persona (supafast)
(This gives you a very high-quality start of what your persona should look)
Building user personas can be a time-consuming process that requires a lot of creativity and insight. ChatGPT can assist designers by generating detailed personas based on demographic data and behavioral characteristics input by the designer. These AI-generated personas can serve as a starting point for developing more nuanced user profiles.
🤖 Sample prompt: Generate a user persona for ADPList who is a mid-level product designer looking to transition into a leadership role. Include their demographic information, career goals, and the challenges they face in finding the right mentorship.
3. Generating and Iterating on Design Ideas
(Helps you get out of a creative rut and block, highly recommended)
Stuck in a creative rut? ChatGPT can help by generating ideas for design features or product improvements. By inputting current product details and design goals, designers can use ChatGPT to brainstorm and expand their ideation process, potentially uncovering novel approaches and solutions.
🤖 Sample prompt: I'm designing a feature for ADPList that enables users to leave reviews after their mentorship session. Could you propose some innovative design ideas that would make the review process engaging and insightful?
4. Write Usability Testing Scripts
(I love this because it saved me 10hours+ of researching questions)
You can use ChatGPT to create scripts for usability testing. By outlining the objectives of the test, ChatGPT can generate questions and tasks for participants to complete. This can help standardize the testing process and ensure that all necessary areas are covered during user interviews and testing sessions.
🤖 Sample prompt: Create a usability testing script for ADPList's new feature that allows users to filter mentors by availability. The script should guide testers through the process of finding a mentor who is available on weekends and booking a session.
5. Copywriting and Content Creation
(This is perfect for generating high-converting pages)
Crafting compelling copy is an essential part of product design. ChatGPT can assist in writing product descriptions, and error messages, or even help documentation. Its ability to understand and generate natural language can save designers time and provide a consistent voice across all textual elements of a product.
🤖 Sample prompt: Craft a compelling product description for a new ADPList app feature that connects users with mentors who have recently joined the platform, highlighting the benefits of being among the first to book a session with industry newcomers. Keep it clear and concise.
6. Accessibility and Inclusive Design
(I know lots of designers need this, including me)
ChatGPT can be a resource for generating accessible design content. For instance, it can suggest alternative text descriptions for images or provide guidance on how to make interfaces more accessible to people with disabilities. This can be particularly helpful in ensuring that products meet various accessibility standards.
🤖 Sample prompt: Provide suggestions on how ADPList can improve the accessibility of their website for visually impaired users, focusing on navigation elements and the mentor booking process
7. Personalized UX and Microcopy
(Personalization has proven to drive retention by 30% in product, powerful)
Finally, ChatGPT can be instrumental in creating personalized user experiences. It can generate microcopy that adapts to user data, offering a more tailored experience. For example, it can create dynamic error messages that not only inform users of an issue but also provide personalized suggestions based on their past behavior.
🤖 Sample prompt: Generate personalized microcopy for a user on ADPList who has completed three mentorship sessions in product management, encouraging them to consider sessions in related fields like data analysis or user research
Here’s a summary of the list above:
Rapid Prototyping of Conversational Interfaces
User Persona Generation
Generating and Iterating on Design Ideas
Copywriting and Content Creation
Usability Testing Scripts
Accessibility and Inclusive Design
Personalized User Experience and Microcopy
(And again, “the best way to prepare for this fast-approaching future is to dive in and get your hands dirty.”)
That is all for now. Before I close, keep in mind that your work doesn’t end with a prompt. Use the results that ChatGPT throws out as a starting point to get over your blank canvas syndrome :)
If you have any other prompts that helped you become a more efficient designer, feel free to share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 👇
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