About Stellar UX

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Stellar UX is design research to safeguard our (digital) future.

I was not happy with what we are designing as software. I remember Rene Lansink, who said in 1998 that design ethics will be vital if we want to safeguard our digital future.

Well I guess, we all F%-up.

It’s 22 years later, and he was right. I started Stellar UX when the pandemic hit in March 2020. My experience and gut told me that I needed to develop something new if I wanted to stay satisfied with my digital product design work for the next 22 years.

The Internet is broken. Page-based interaction design is getting old. We need to redesign how and where we store data. It took me eight months to rethink how our brands, software, and work methods are intertwined. 

Is it done? No, it is not. It probably will never be done, but I sure gave my best. Three medium articles, three workshops, and dozens of design exercises later. Re-charged to start a new digital product design adventure. An adventure in Humanware!

Realtime video, voice over and screen capture are new tools. I created a new digital design studio at home. See you soon 😉

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Expose the (micro)frustrations in your apps—the #1 traction killer.

I dubbed the design system Stellar UX and the new interaction design method Conversational Interaction Design.

I wanted to build a new design system to build Conversational Assistants instead of Applications. Let us bring hospitality to the digital space and solve real problems together with designers and non-designers.


Stellar UX is a design paradigm that uses a turn-based interaction system based on mindful natural language, chat-logic, asking questions, ethical design, hospitality, principles, permissioned data, and interactive visual content. 

A mouth full. But you can also call it:


We are no robots! So why do we treat our customers so harshly? The attitude in your software will be a distinctive factor for the future!

This new design system results in Real social software, a hybrid between chat-bots and voice-bots. It uses clicks or taps gracefully while removing frustration. It brings back a lot of authenticity, branding, and fun. 

But more importantly, Stellar UX brings intent, purpose, and meaning to digital product design!

Just what the doctor ordered! 

“I can’t wait to start teaching and designing again with Stellar UX!” — NK


We need to build Humanware designed with actionable design principles.

We seriously need to learn to design meaningful software. 

We need to design Assistants instead of applications.

I love to call it Humanware. It is precisely that; let us build software with well-defined intent, purpose, and meaning brought to life through your conversational brand and conversational interaction design. An assistant with an attitude.

How we humanize our software design is the key to inventing software that positively impacts our daily lives and our environment.

Computers are good at math; Humans are good at new thinking for new possibilities. Let computers gain processing speed; we need to slow down and build meaningful interactive conversations to unleash our greatest human potential.

I lost all my hair in the process, but happy to bring it to the world.

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Stellar UX in one holistic question:
What is the result of your offering in our daily lives?

Stellar UX Assessment model:

Events > Thoughts > Emotions > Actions

Stellar Foundation Workshops
Pricing on request.

  1. Where are you now? Where do you want to go?
  2. Define your Meaningful Conversational Brand
  3. Define your Conversational Assistant
  4. Extract your actionable design principles
  5. Stellar UX Toolkit (Sign up for free)

Quotes for a better digital future

“The way we silo ourselves in our daily lives stifles our potential to innovate our digital products. Co-design your experiences with your lead-consumers!”

“Why do applications look the same at any time, context, and location? Isn’t this strange? Design for time, location, and context!”

“Build Conversational Assistants instead of Applications if you want to build relationships with your employees, partners, and costumers.”

“We need to innovate our Brands, Software, and The Way We Work if we want to create a better world!”

“Scale your team’s problem-solving potential, and co-design experience maps with your lead designers.”

“Mindful use of your domain-specific language will give you a competitive advantage in this fast-moving world.”

“Every Brand a just cause, unreachable goals gives our work purpose!”

Suppose we genuinely want to innovate society with real social technology.

If that is the case, show genuine interest by asking questions instead of telling people what to do. Design conversations and stories and become hospitable in the digital space!

“Humanware is real social software in which care, coach, and respectful communication will manifest itself.” — NK

Initiator Stellar UX & Conversational Interaction Design.


Contact me if you want to do a co-design session with your lead-consumers.

Stellar UX is for designers and for non-designers, which makes it the co-design proof!

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