Note: This project was completed in the Spring of 2014. It turns out iOS 8 has a similar texting feature!

With billions of messages sent every day around the globe, text messaging is an essential ingredient of modern living. It's become a key method of communication, and sharing of information for people all over the world. However, the way we text hasn't changed much in texting's brief 20-year history. Replying to a message still requires typing your response and pressing send.

What if...

  • There was a smart list of responses to choose from — in your own words — so you wouldn’t have to type?

  • You could reply to a text with a single tap?

  • This wasn’t another texting app, but actually integrated with your iPhone’s operating system?

Observing the current experience

Replying to a text message can sometimes take a few too many steps than what it's worth:

  1. Slide to reply to a message

  2. Transition to the lock screen

  3. Enter your passcode

  4. Transition to your messenger app

  5. Type your response

  6. Hit send

The opportunity

Design a smarter, more efficient experience for common responses to text messages.

Lingo is integrated into iOS making replying to a text message simple, and it all happens from the lock screen. Just slide the message up to respond to the message.

Using a more sophisticated type of machine learning than the current version of Siri, Lingo parses through past conversations, and ranks suggestions based on the likeliness of your response. This makes it possible to have unique and quick responses tailored to each of your contacts.

With Lingo you only see one incoming message at a time. To access the full conversation, tap the original message to access your lock screen in order to enter your passcode, and view the conversation in your messenger app.

Partners: Leroy Tellez & Gna Nguyen

Skills: UI design, systems, concept design