IKEA Conversation UI

A conversational user interface created for IKEA customers, Agu is a personal assistant living inside the IKEA mobile app, supporting users throughout the post-shopping experience.

my roles

Product Design, Visual Design, Motion Graphics


Hayoon Choi, Chris Han, Neely Lee


Spring 2022

Problem space

Getting to the right support is confusing, complicated, and frustrating on the IKEA website, while waiting for a live agent on the phone is time-consuming.


Meet “Agu,” a conversation user interface (CUI) that derives its name from the hometown of IKEA’s founder, the “A” in the acronym “IKEA.” Agu is here to address more complex customer needs such as requesting for a missing part. It is an alternative option to calling live agents.

CUI States

When Agu interacts with the user, its different states give the user visual feedback on top of audio response, making transparent what it's "thinking."











app interface

Living within the app

As an additional feature of the IKEA app, at the sound of its name, Agu will spring into view, bringing forth both a voice-based and graphic user interface.

Two modes of interaction

Users can choose to use voice only or combine touch screen in interacting with Agu.

user research

Addressing different needs

While researching user pain points around IKEA customer support, we interviewed existing customers and synthesized their responses into two distinct personas. These two personas kickstarted our brainstorm around a flexible support system that can address a diverse range of needs instead of focusing on a specific population.

user journey

Streamlining the experience

Below is a user journey map focused on an end-to-end flow of user interaction with Agu. Along the way, Agu guides the user with questions and confirmations, giving them options without overwhelming with too much information at once.

visual design

Building on a beloved brand

Since IKEA has a very established and well-loved brand, we built on top of it to design a new and exciting variant, adding pops of bright colors as well as creating illustrations to add to the delight factor.

Searching for a metaphor

When creating the form of Agu, we brainstormed various ways of representing IKEA through visual metaphors, exploring a range of options from simple to complex, abstract to literal.

Designing a campaign

To explain Agu, we created a campaign video that walks through one user flow. To build an exciting and delightful narrative, we used an illustrated style instead of heavily relying on photography, which the main IKEA brand uses.