Take our global design survey and get an ⭐️ exclusive sticker pack absolutely free ⭐️ - Get started!
Trending designs to inspire you
Work designers are riffing on
Interviews, tutorials, and more
Prompt to flex your design skills
Find your dream design job
An exclusive list for contract work
Find, contact, and hire designers
The #1 job board for creatives
Board for freelance & contract work
Slack is now available in Japanese! You can learn more about it here: https://slackhq.com/slack-is-now-available-in-japanese-e5f9575eb080
For parts of Slack in Japanese, rather than “dubbing” every word in sight, we took a “subtitle” design approach where we use a hybrid of English and Japanese.
One place you can see the design in action is search. When we first translated our search modifiers, we heard from our beta users that words like “from”, “in”, or “has” should be familiar to most of our Japanese customers. In addition, it’s generally more work to type using kana/romaji and kanji compared to English. It would make search a bit more clumsy in Japanese if we were to dub them. So we left the modifiers in English and added Japanese as the helper text.
And like movies, sometimes subtitles are just cooler. 😊