improvement in skills, also conveying of information, e.g. to clients and users.

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As a programmer, how do I move into User Experience Design?

I've been a developer for over 6 years, mainly working in the web context, and generally distributed applications, services, and also front-facing apps. I got into programming originally through ...
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How should 'deprecated' badges or achievements be presented to a user?

In our online education app, we use a badging system to show progression through categories of work. These categories now need to change and the tasks within them have to be re-categorised into new ...
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What 5 things must I do to become a well-rounded, progressive UX Designer in my career? [closed]

I am a fledgling Web Designer, seeking to make myself into a UX / Interaction Designer. I am working on a degree (at my local University, Utah Valley University) in Digital Media (I don't believe they ...
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How do you approach educating clients about “the fold” (and other UX 'myths')

I've always been of the belief that "the fold" is a bit of a misnomer, and indeed there's a whole bunch of research (including material posted on this very site) suggesting that users don't have a ...
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How valuable is studying cognitive psychology for UX?

I am starting my second year in grad school and thinking about what to study. One thing that I know is good to have a grasp of is cognitive psychology. But I would like to get someones perspective. ...
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Getting into UX as a CS graduate [closed]

I'm graduating from university next summer and I'd like to go into a UX/usability/interaction design job, but my degree is a straight BSc Computer Science. What can I do to convince people that I'm ...
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Multiple choice forms with radio: Should the choices be arranged horizontally, vertically, or in a square?

My work involves designing the interface for quizzes taken by college students. When designing for quizzes, what would be the easiest arrangement to read for my users: horizontal, "square", or ...
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How to explain keywords creation to a user who doesn't “get it” intuitively?

Short version: If somebody has to create a new pool of keywords from scratch, but doesn't understand how to do it, what is a good way to teach them how to pick good keywords? TL:DR version My ...
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657 views

Tips for a brand new UX consultant? [closed]

Next month, I'm fortunate enough to be starting a new job as a UX consultant at an agency. I'm straight out of an university and this is my first UX job, so, I was wondering if you have any tips for ...
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Recommended UX events and event news sources? [closed]

As ux professionals: what events do you make a point of attending? (whether for education, networking, etc) why? (what benefits do you feel you gain) what is your go-to source for finding out about ...
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How do you persuade an organization to value UX?

UX is such an underrated field in a lot of industries. I wonder how companies consider employing UX designers and even heavily valuing their suggestions. Some big companies happen to see the light and ...
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671 views

UX and design for Gamification of Collaborative Learning

What are proven gamification techniques that promote collaboration? I don't mind whether the specific techniques come from educational sites, or pure game sites or some other source. I want to ...
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What are the common misconceptions, myths you face in your client work? [closed]

In your experience, what common misconceptions do clients have regarding web design and UX? Like caring too much about the fold, madly sticking to the 3-click rule. Btw, there's a good list on ...
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4answers
609 views

“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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3answers
187 views

What good mentoring programmes are there? [closed]

For people looking to get into UX, what mentoring programmes are out there? Have you tried any and if so, what were/are they like?
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361 views

How much /what type of content is appropriate for a modal window?

From reading previous questions about modal windows, my understanding is that they're best used for short required processes, or for providing help/info during a process that shouldn't be interrupted ...
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Hangman game on mobile - Qwerty or alphabetical keyboard

I'm building a hangman game as part of a bigger mobile educational application. As you know for hangman you select letters and see if they are part of the word or sentence. I'm trying to decide if I ...
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Recommended training/conferences for UX designer?

We would like to invest in a couple of our team members to give them training in UX and GUI design. I realize UX is a fresh and rapidly changing field, which is why I'm hoping to get some advice ...
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Exercise to educate graphic designers about the importance of usability

I'm gonna have a speech about the importance of UX for a bunch of graphic designers that are mainly used at working with print advertising and I want to show the audience how tricky usability could be ...
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217 views

Best practices for menus/navigation in an online textbook?

I'm writing an online textbook (link) that's organized into many sections and subsections, and I've currently got it in a basic Wordpress template with an accordion menu on the left side: This ...
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5answers
346 views

Education for a UX career

I have a business degree major in marketing and a computer science degree, so I want to know how relevant are these degrees for a user experience designer career, and what degrees are most useful? ...
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Could Human factors degree help a Computer Scientist?

I'm wrapping up a masters in CS and already have half the credit hours needed for a degree in Human Factors. I just recently discovered how useful understanding about cognition can help someone that ...
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688 views

What UX training or conferences do you recommend? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recommended UI/UX conference in Europe? I'm looking to attend a training/conference or two this year and would like to hear your feedback on any events you've attended ...
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What is the correct term for a walkthrough once signed up?

I've seen this done on many sites. Usually after you have signed up for the site/software you are then taken to the homepage/dashboard/whatever and there are tool-tips, call-outs, or modals to ...
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What are the best UX / Interaction Design masters courses in UK or Ireland? [closed]

Looking for the best taught masters programme in UK or Ireland in the field of User Experience / Interaction design. Ideally a 1-2 year full-time programme.
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What to ask for in a UX / IxD Masters degree

Ive just been accepted in a masters degree created by some of the most experienced interaction designers in my country. Before kicking off theyve asked each student to tell them a little bit about ...
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665 views

What are some great resources for improving UI/UX sketching and designing skills? [closed]

I was hoping to see if anyone could help me out by sharing suggestions for great places to check out for tutorials, worksheets, tips and even books to improve ui design skill. This would perhaps be ...
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What are the Best Background/component colors that defines an educational web application? [closed]

I am working on choosing background color for a large educational web application containing more than 100 variety of web pages. Since the application involves several features i don't want to keep ...
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2answers
190 views

UX Bootcamp--worth it or not for a beginner?

How much use can one get out of a 10-week intensive UX Design bootcamp? (40-hours/week, 2-3 portfolio pieces, resume/job placement help afterwards) With no prior tech experience, can you expect to ...
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3answers
2k views

Certificate/Diploma in UX/UI/IxD [closed]

I am looking for a certificate/diploma course in UX/UI development. Basically, I think I am good in design as well as programming. Right now I have a job as an Interactive Developer and I get to work ...
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2answers
113 views

Gather - Capture User centered data

I have made a web application for educational purposed which is used by people living in rural parts of the country, who are not able to get access to proper education. I have centers in those ...