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This article was published on April 14, 2016


New Sketch UI kit for Messenger bots may help you create one that doesn’t suck

New Sketch UI kit for Messenger bots may help you create one that doesn’t suck
Nate Swanner
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If you’re getting serious about creating bots for Messenger, there’s now a Sketch file for prototyping them before you start coding.

The aptly named Bots UI Kit is a bunch of pre-fab artboards with elements you can pull for us in your own designs. You can choose from bot or human chat bubbles, bot profile headers as well as a series of actionable boxes for purchases or call-to-action buttons.

Messenger bots are Facebook’s favorite new toy it’s letting us all play with, but they’re not very good — at least not yet. Bots are meant to act as lighter, more conversational versions of apps, except the execution jut isn’t there at this point.

Perhaps with a design layer in the bot creation process, we’ll all be a bit more thoughtful about how bots interact with humans. At least, that’s my hope.