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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 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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Which prototyping tools? [closed]

This links heavily into the following question: What are some great web-based prototyping tools? However I didn't want to limit the suggestions to "Web Based" tools, I have found and used the ...
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What is lean UX, and where can I learn more about it?

There is a new trend called Lean UX, apparently stemming from the Lean Start-up approach. What are its main principles? What are good or recommended reference, sources or education for learning about ...
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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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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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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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How does user interface design fit in a development process?

In a software development process where does the user interface design fit? If we take an agile approach for a small team (2 juniors, 2 seniors, a Team Leader and a web designer) what normally should ...
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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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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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What systematic methods there are for designing user interfaces?

I'm writing my Masters thesis about one method for designing user interfaces (GUIDe+GDD from Sari Laakso) and I would like to know what other systematic methods there are for UI design/interaction ...
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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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I am a domain expert and programmer. How do I work with UX, UI, HTML/CSS designers?

Apologies for the long, quasi-confessional, but I am really feeling a bit lost here. I am a domain expert and experienced programmer. For the last four years, I've managed the development of a ...
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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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Can UCD become an agile process?

All the discussions about Agile UX relate to how we adjust UX Activities to an agile development process but I want to know how we can turn UCD in to an agile process that supports the development ...
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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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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 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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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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Based on your experience, what are the capabilities and limitations of Axure? [closed]

Just started playing around with Axure, an integrated development environment for wireframes, prototypes, and specifications. Already I'm wondering why there's not integration for: business ...
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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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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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Best prototyping tool for form layout/order that caters for non-ux people? [closed]

I am creating a job vacancy form that has quite a lot of required fields. I need to collaborate with my boss (a non ux type) who is working remotely. At the moment, the only standalone tools that we ...
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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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How do you communicate severity of design bugs? Do you have any standardized ways of doing it?

When addressing and triaging usability-related bugs, I frequently find that I must resort to making a show or elaborately and dramatically describing the user's pain around an issue. While I'm sure ...
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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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Resource/advice for deciding a design process?

I've been having a debate with my peers as to which is the best process to use when we're designing web apps. Our development phases are working well but I think there's room for change in the ...
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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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Resources for building a UI/UX team and process

I'm looking for practical guidance (books, articles, blogs) on approaching team building and the development process. I'm currently running development teams using basic Agile and Scrum principals ...
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How do you know when an interface is complete?

Meaning that a usability test measures if an interface meets the goals it sets, but only test what is present. How do I know when an interface is complete? Meaning a test, or measure of completeness, ...
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If I am not the developer and I haven't hired one, how should I explain the development step of my UX design process to potential clients?

I'm working on a new website for my freelance UX design company. One feature that has done very well with usability testers so far is a new section of the site explaining my design process. Testers ...
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Should human beings be referred to as people in design and development?

My question arises after been struck by a poster on the wall of Facebook's offices which stated 'People, not users'. User to me is not particularly good word for a human user, it is better as a ...
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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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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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What's your best tip for creating a more useful persona? [closed]

I'm starting a new project working with a client who already has a decent website. It will be really important to learn about the users and understand what they want/need that isn't already provided. ...
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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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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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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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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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How does something become “common knowledge”?

There was a time when there were no smartphones and computers. Now terms like "Tap", "Swipe" or "Double-click" are common for most people in the world. How do some interactions turn into common ...
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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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“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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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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high fidelity prototypes - how to NOT be killed?

Let's say we have a web application that will have, more or less... hmm... 500 different pages. Some of them quite similar. For the sake of user centred design, should I ask the design team 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 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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How do you specify UI interaction to data mapping (server side to client side)?

For a given data model and business logic (which processes /extracts that data), how do you specify a UI to display / interact with that data in a way that a developer can create it from. A trivial ...
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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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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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Drawbacks to user feedback

User feedback is the information provided by users after using your product or site, usually provided via form, email or in person. It can be solicited or unsolicited, though my question focuses on ...