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What does “mobile-first” mean?

So I've been trying to find a legitimate answer to this question for a couple days. I read an interview in Awwwards recent publication Trends Web and Mobile 2013 with the following answer in regards ...
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Presenting a UX design

Say you're responsible for the prototype cycle of of a development project. Your end result might be something like an analysis of existing related solutions, a user model, a collection of scenarios ...
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How to generate product ideas as a group?

I work for a smaller startup, and for the past several months we've been conducting weeklong "Design Sprints" which are a great group product exercise based on an idea from Google Ventures. While ...
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What kinds of sites should I focus on for a “new look and concept” redesign, and how much of a regular UX process should I follow?

On Behance, I've seen many "new look and concept" redesigns such as this one for Facebook and this one for Wikipedia. The gist of one of these projects is that you ask yourself, "If I could redesign ...
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What other UX processes exist other than user centered design?

What other well known processes or approaches for creating an user experience (such as an app or website) exist except the user centered design approach and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
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UX design technique using Post-it notes?

What is the official/unofficial name of the technique I have seen designer use by placing lots of Post it notes along a wall and categorizing them into normally three groups. Normally someone writes ...
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How to avoid bad ux [closed]

There are plenty of examples of bad ux. Sometimes it accounts for a significant proportion of the entire interaction and sometimes it's a small but glaringly obvious detail that should be obvious to ...
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What is the term for making one UI component better but is not in sync with whole of UI?

Individual UI component owners (developer/GD) tries to make their component more useable/shining in the process losing the focus in the overall picture. I have somewhere read this to be something like ...
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What methods can I use to develop a gesture library?

There don't seem to be many universally recognised patterns for 3D gestures, such as you might use to interact with something like the Kinect. A previous question looks at Kinect gestures, but there ...
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Send wireframes before a demonstration?

I'm an in-house UX Designer for a medium sized company, and big part of my job is building wireframes for inclusion in spec documents. Usually, the workflow goes something like this - the product ...
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Do user experience practitioners ever have to worry about code?

To me this is a simple question – of course not. But on several questions and answers lately I need to fight for this opinion. I might be wrong, so I need to know. Do user experience practitioners ...
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Should UX design consider how things behave when they are broken?

As things are used they will accumulate damage due to wear. This accumulated damage will in many cases affect their behavior and the user experience. Should UX design attempt to anticipate changes ...
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Managing copy during interaction & visual design

I'm about to begin a web architecture and design project that will have many pages with lots of content / copy across several different languages. One of the challenges is that for each geographical ...
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What would be the best way to fill “space” in an User Interface for irregular image sizes gallery?

What would be the best way to fill "space" in user interface for irregular image sizes gallery? Conditions: The row are subjected to hold maximum 3 images only. Float left If the total width of the ...
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What's an intuitive workflow for a registering user to simultaneously sign-up his colleagues?

I'm working on a redesign of a website that has a bit of a complicated registration requirement and I just can't get my head around how best to design the necessary forms/pages. For context, the ...
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What are the good techniques to create a great onboarding process?

I'm looking for websites with good onboarding process. I like for instance Weebly because it explains me quite well on to build my first site step by step. Can you recommend any, telling briefly why ...
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Should wireframes or functional requirements be created first?

When should you create a functional requirements document for a website redesign project? Are there instances where an FRD would inform the wireframes? I'm used to functional requirements being ...
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“Modernizing” legacy applications and legacy users

I'm tasked with modernizing many older UNIX based applications to new, web-based applications. The UNIX applications are completely keyboard-based (ie. "04" to select the fourth application, "Enter" ...
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Confusion with private messaging system

Planning a social networking site with a private messaging system, including following folders: inbox sentbox drafts trash and labels that can be created, managed by the users and applied in a n:n ...
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Is it better to prioritize Innovation or Perfect UX, when budget is a issue?

We are currently working on a website with many innovative design ideas. The client is very happy with the site; the design and implementation was conducted under very tight budget restraints. The ...
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Making the user login again after registration

Simple question: is it a bad idea to automatically login a user after their registration was flawlessly completed? A majority of all the websites I visit does not use this behavior, which is the ...
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How to sell people on the benefits of user research?

I work for a small team right now that is going through a requirements tornado. I know that the reason why is that they have no idea what their users want. They haven't done contextual interviews, ...
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PSD to HTML conversion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pros/Cons of PSD mockups vs. HTML mockups I am a web developer. What happens is that the Client sends a PSD (Photoshop designs) to the company. Then the designer needs ...
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How to create a public UX process?

I want to make an experiment. I have a new project that I don't mind opening to the public. What I want to try is to use the public (e.g. Facebook) to go through a UX design process - from collecting ...
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UX and UI copy / knockoffs - looking for stories [closed]

I'm researching the concept of copying experiences and design for a lecture I'm about to give. Why are we copying, what are the right and wrong considerations we take, and how does it effect the user ...
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Should developer's ideas also be considered in UX discussions?

Can Developers also be included in UX discussions? Sometimes technical issues also hinder the UI layout and personas. How can one get this resolved when it happens?
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Creating an user experience roadmap?

I was asked today if we could create an user experience roadmap for the application we are designing. I am a little confused about that since I have never really heard of the term user experience ...
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“Selling” the management on need for UX focus

After the novelty of finding this SO section wore off (and being rightfully shamed of asking a duplicate question), I'd like to rephrase this question so it would target what I feel is a gap in ...
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Methodology to determine ideal feature mix?

Aiming for a New Target: The Perfectly Featured Product presents an argument against featuritis (and provides some explanations as to how those situations arise). The author (John Devanney) ...
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How to work with visual designers who treat wireframes as literal graphic suggestions?

Recently I started to face quite many cases on my client projects when a visual designer on the team produces design that looks like wireframes produced by me, only colored. Perhaps, the obvious ...
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Do I need to design four different apps for Android, iOS, smartphones, or have one common design?

I have to start designing for an app which will be used by Android & IOS users both on Smartphones and Tablets. Do I need to design four different apps or have one common design and then ...
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What is the best way to map content to your information architecture deliverables?

I usually create a site map and wireframes as delivery but what is the best way to add info about what content (text, forms, images, videos etc) that should be included on the individual pages? Do ...
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Piloting end-to-end UX process for IT staff on intranet

I have been asked the question today Will releasing a new intranet to IT staff before all other users be detrimental to future user groups? This is an enterprise intranet and it has been estimated ...
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At what stage in a project would hiring a UX contractor provide the most value?

In this case it would be for a small company that can't afford lots of specialized positions, developing a new (browser based, this time) version of an enterprise application. The new version is a ...
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At what point in the development process should UX come into play in an Agile work environment?

What are some successful examples of UX and the Agile Development process playing nicely together? Traditional agile doesn't usually account for it.
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What deliverables can one provide in a pitch for a client to show to his/her boss and get approval for a project?

I am in the position where a client is asking for some visual materials to show to his boss in order to get the go-ahead to sponsor a new project. This client has an existing site that we designed ...
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What makes a UX User Story?

How does one create a user story as used in Agile methodologies? How should they be written; is there a standard?
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What is your design Methodology?

I was asked this question once and the only honest answer I could think of was "It depends" since the process would depend on the needs of the project and what the end goal is .However do you have a ...
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What should be covered in a UI Standards document?

I'm a coop student who is creating a web/desktop application design standards document for a company I'm working at. Each standard in the document needs to be supported by a reputable source. What ...
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Including everyone in the company User Story creation?

I am a firm believer that design happens in every part of a company. Encouraging participation in Story creation follows that vein. We have been experimenting with encouraging anyone - programmers, ...
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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
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Should I offer the ability to log into my service with a phone number?

I have a web app that you can currently log into with either your email address or your username. I'm developing a mobile application and I'm just wondering if I should offer the ability to log in ...
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What techniques are successful to achieve compromise with other disciplines within your project teams?

I find many designers run into difficulty getting their designs built or even getting the visual designer to stay true to wireframes. What techniques and strategies work for defusing the us vs. them ...
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Recommendations for storing design documents?

I'm an Interaction Designer working in an Agile environment, and my team members are located across the globe. My challenge is getting the team to move away from making design decisions over email and ...
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Which is more important, less mouse distance to travel or visual consistency?

I have an interface that I am currently working on that asks the user to make a choice of a single item. These items are divided into 3 separate categories and the client has insisted that each ...
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What tools/methods do you use to get from a project kickoff to wireframes?

I'm a one man IA/IxD/UX team for a small applications development company and I also end up writing the requirements for projects. I was wondering what tools, methods and questions are used to get ...
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Classifying the complexity of a screen design

If you are supposed to do UX design estimate, and you need to measure it based on "Simple, Medium and Complex", how do you classify the Simple, Medium and Complex screen design? What are all the ...
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UX design case studies [closed]

I am looking for well-written and in-depth case study articles of real life UX designs. I'd like to read how other designers tackle design challenges, and how their designs solve those challenges. ...
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Proportion of resources devoted to UX Design & Research vs. Software Development on a web app?

First, some criteria: The product is an application and is heavy on user interaction. Think web 2.0 or mobile application, not a marketing or commerce site, or some back-end tool with only ...
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Best way to convince a decision maker on UX approach.

What is the best possible strategy to convince a stakeholder to adopt a new approach when they seem to hold on to a particular idea which is more generic. What I would like to hear are the best ways ...