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Is this the death of typography?

December 5, 2018 at 12:59pm

Is this the death of typography?

December 5, 2018 at 12:59pm (Edited 5 months ago)

Are we seeing the death of typography… voice messaging—or sending short audio clips instead of text messages—has taken the world by storm.. could this be the start of the end of type?

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Super interested to know what people thing long term?

Dave x


December 5, 2018 at 2:21pm

normally, i will delete people who send me messages by voice

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I don't think this is the "Death of Typography", but rather just somebody's particular use case. I would personally never send a voice message, as I believe that I can type just as fast, and express myself more clearly in written form than in spoken.

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December 6, 2018 at 6:09pm

Man, I hope not... typography nerd here. I think we're safe for now, people still prefer text in some situations, and designers are creating gorgeous new fonts all the time.

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I don't think type is going to be dead anytime soon or ever. There are 2 things I would point out: 1) For conversations, it's convenient for users to send a voice message rather than a text. We speak faster than we can type, and it comes more naturally. 2) There is a large population of people who aren't "digital natives" that find it easier to speak rather than having to learn how to type.

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December 10, 2018 at 5:12pm

I found myself recording my voice messages for several times, because I just can

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can't be clear enough by talking.

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Yes we can speak faster, but we also speak bulshit.

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Would you prefer to speak or to write in cases where you really need to consider what you want to throw out?

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December 11, 2018 at 12:09am

I find it very intrusive when people start sending voice messages. Imagine this thread would be full of voice messages instead of comments. I doubt we would participate :)

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Look at how useless the screen you provided is. Impossible to scan the conversation. At the least I expect speech to text to replace those audio icons in the future.

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December 15, 2018 at 5:47pm

no

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December 20, 2018 at 2:40am

Voice message is definitely more accepted in the Chinese speaking side of the world. It is just natural where for speaking will definitely be faster than typing Chinese char. As I have exposure to both side of the world, i totally understand why people hate or love using voice message.

Back to the point, typography will not die yet. At least in the next decade where human-machine interaction is growing more maturely, machine will speak/communicate more with human, i don't believe words can be totally thrown away out of the conversation. You might need to type something to command the machine doing something / as a fall back mechanism when the machine fails to understand what you want. A closer example, between your interaction with Siri / Google assistant, you still have to see type somehow for the action :)

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December 31, 2018 at 5:23am

voice has its place, but it's hard to scan / remember what was said before. so no, it's not the death of anything

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January 1, 2019 at 9:51pm

i think it's a UI issue. it should be re-designed to accommodate those more gracefully. or frankly, there's enough speech to text out there it could give you a preview, or the whole message

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