Different formal and systematic approaches to improving UX and assessing its quality.

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Are there good practices to verbally describe the animations in your site before coding starts?

Is there a process, tool, prefered method to describe css animations, forwards and backwards, before you start coding them? I lose a lot of time describing the animations and/or picking up feedback ...
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Is Activity-centered design better than User-Centered design in practice? [closed]

A decade ago, Don Norman proposed Activity-centered design (ACD) as a better approach compared to Human-cenetered design. I'm curious if anybody here has practised ACD. Did you find it better than ...
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How to select a set of tasks for tree testing to prevent selection bias as much as possible?

We are working on the optimization of the information architecture (IA) of a business software with more than 100 menu items. We have hypothesis on current problems and possible solutions for the IA. ...
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Is there a function to get the optimal number of choices in a Likert scale?

I was answering a question today and it reminded me of a discussion I had with a couple colleagues about the optimal amount of choices in a Likert scale. I vouched for the classic 5, one of us stood ...
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Is it appropriate to discussed the proposed usability method in literature review or in methodology chapter?

I need some clarification on where to put the proposed usability evaluation method in my thesis. Is it appropriate to discuss it in literature review chapter or in research methodology chapter of my ...
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'Fountain well' style of software development

Instead of a waterfall style of software development where the development follows the design process, I wonder if anyone has experience with what I am dubbing the 'fountain well' style of product ...
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The value of bloat [closed]

I'm not really sure if this is the best place to ask this question. In this article, Joel Spolsky argues a case for feature bloat. In summary: the total userbase requires all the features, and if you ...
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Avoiding designing by committee

How can one avoid making a design that satisfies everyone, but pleases no one? As a UI designer, you often find yourself a part of a development team, with numerous stakeholders. Now, when it comes ...
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What is UX strategy?

An extremely basic question I realise. If we use Jesse James Garrett's diagram which is comprised of visual design, navigation design, information design, interaction design, information architecture, ...
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Building an archive of insights into our users

As UX Designers & Researchers we collect all this knowledge along the way, most of which is tied to specific projects. The crux though is that the insights can be highly relevant to later projects ...
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How does the d.school's framework for Design Thinking map onto IDEO's?

Here's how I'm thinking about these DT models. The Stanford d.school describes the Design Thinking method in (5) steps: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. IDEO describes it in (3) modes ...
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Is user testing a luxury or a necessity?

I understand that you should be thinking of your users all the time but given the current climate where every pound counts is user testing just for the richer companies?? Should you discount your ...
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Existing design methodologies for considering design in device ecology

I am most familiar with user centered design processes that focus on the UX between the user and a device. However, sometimes it needs to go beyond just between the pair of human/device, but view ...
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What's your method for choosing button colors?

I realized this has been discussed in different threads, but often what I've found is the topic is segmented into only a couple of actions; i.e. Save and Cancel, or Positive/Negative relationships. ...
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Wireframes first or after rough visual design sketches?

This is how I usually work: After completed business and user requirements gathering I have a brainstorming session together with the project group to come up with big, high-level ideas about the ...
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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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What would be the best methods to find out the factors that can change customers behaviours who call?

We want to understand why our customers have to call rather than find relevant information on our website. We want to find the factors so we can influence or change their behaviour in the future. ...
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what question should be asked to make a persona

I am currently designing an interview plan in order to make a persona for our products(an ERP software, already online). So here is the outline of the questions that i want to asked: know your user ...
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Dealing with street for a perfect CRM software [closed]

We are planning to build a CRM software for SMBs. CRM will be on cloud and intended to publish as SaaS. I am responsible from analyzing task. And I do not want to make a sedentary analyzing for our ...
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What is the Design Sprints methodology?

I have started to notice people talking about this new fast method of coming up with a product/UX design called "Design Sprint". Can anyone elaborate on what it is?
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How to deliver wireframes to off-shore dev teams

I am currently designing an iOS application. Before I move on, I know that the route we chose to go is not ideal at all. The app is social networking app. We have a team in India developing the app. ...
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How to group users into personas

I'm freaking out! I've read more articles about personas than I can remember but there is one thing I can't seem to understand. And that is how do you group users into personas? What methods and ...
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Big list of UX techniques

Can anyone point to a big list of UX techniques? I'd like to build a matrix of those I use, those I don't, along with relative cost estimates.
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Proper time to create a UX vision, design statements and component libraries

So, I've been reading a lot about the benefits of creating a UX vision for your app or app suite, creating unique UX design statements and component libraries. Which all sound very interesting. But, ...
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Should an interaction designer know how to do visual design

So, we have the long discussion about if interaction designers should know how to code. But what about visual design or GUI design? A common team setup seems to pair a IxD guy with a graphic ...
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Should complex new UI designs be user-tested element-by-element or as a whole?

StackExchange rolls out a new top bar on meta-StackOverflow. This is a complex innovative design containing several new (as in unfamiliar to current user base) elements. Should one present a new UI ...
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NPS question after think aloud test

I am planning to conduct an 1:1 think-aloud test on some wireframes in order to gather some findings for the usability and the value of a service. I would also like to add a question at the end of the ...
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Exact difference between User Centered Design and Consumer Centered Design?

Would like to know what differentiates consumer centered design from other design approaches eg. user centered design. What are the additional key elements that need to be addressed. Would be ...
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Field studies unnecessary for brochureware sites?

By my own experience, field studies are crazy useful for developing applications because you can study how the users interact with the current version or a competitor's app. It usually gives you tons ...
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User Testing Exercise for Feature Prioritization

I am planning to run some one-to-one think aloud task based usability tests on a wireframe prototype. At the end of the test I would like to ask the users to take part in an easy exercise (something ...
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Method for usability testing of physical products

I am looking for a methodology for interaction testing of a physical product / interface. I am thinking something like expert testing (Heuristics) but just not for digital interfaces. Are there any ...
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What is a good method/formula for estimating how much time a usability test will require?

I was setting up a usability test at my office where we have never done much formal usability testing. One of management's first questions was, "How long will this take?" I didn't have a good answer ...
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Best empirical method(s) for determining how to name something?

I'm a UX/UI designer leading the redesign of a web application that serves a primarily technical audience (DevOps professionals). A primary goal of our redesign is to make the UI more accessible to ...
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What is the impact of the 'neglect' phase of the UX design process

During a discussion with another UX designer, an interesting point about the 'neglect' phase of UX design was brought up. This deals with companies that have implemented UX processes and methods, and ...
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Relationship between anthropomorphism and NUI?

Is there any relevancy or relationship between anthropomorphism and natural user interfaces, in particular with multi-touch surface interfaces? Since the idea of anthropomorphism gives a connotation ...
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Defining “Instantaneous” as part of usability acceptance criteria

The Setup I have run into this problem time and time again. An interface is performing slow and QA and/or Engineering come back and ask, "can you please define the acceptance criteria for how fast ...
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What are some techniques to represent the relationship between roles and behavior in personas?

A hypothetical example: let's say I am researching software engineers, and my end goal is to build a new networking service for engineers. I might discover Amy, my 'storyteller' persona. In that ...
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Best way to prompt user for additional demographic info?

Trying to better profile our donors for marketing purposes. Short pop up survey? Append to registration? Email? But most people disregard such emails as spam, and adding an additional field to ...
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How does Apple manage to deliver its user experience?

It is quite apparent that Apple puts a lot of attention in designing its products. The results are products that deliver great experience. I want to know what Apple does, as a managerial process or ...
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How to measure self reported computer proficiency? Ideally with one item

For a usability test, I'd like to have a simple measure for computer proficiency, to be able to see, whether it has an impact on successfully handling the tasks. How can we best measure that? A ...
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Should personal data be asked at the beginning or end of an online survey

Given a 10-step online survey (mostly yes/no radio buttons), where is it best to ask for the users' personal data e.g. name, age, contact details? My intuition says putting it at the end will yield ...
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What sort of tasks should be included in a lab test to determine baseline for a user?

I'm starting some lab testing and I'm an on-the-job trained UXer and have watched a decent number of tests, but haven't constructed a lot on my own. When doing a more formal test and not a guerrilla ...
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methods for evaluating a complex information architecture

I have been asked to evaluate a clients proposed IA based. The IA is only in excel and we have no wireframes or mockups to test. The most obvious method would be a card sort but due to the sheer ...
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Should I ask for demographic information in a survey at the end or beginning? [duplicate]

I'm conducting a survey, and will ask for demographic information, e.g., gender, age, level of education, frequency of computer use. Should I ask users for this information at the beginning of the ...
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How to convince stakeholders to invest in proper UX?

I'm working on a web app with a team of 5, including me. One database administrator, one project manager, two programmers and me the front-end designer. This project is an internal reporting system. ...
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Is user centered design only about hygiene factors?

There is one thing that bothers me about UX-design. One of the shortcomings of a user centered design approach, is that it only focuses on existing needs and not on new revolutionary ideas. For ...
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How to prioritize content and functionality [closed]

During a brainstorm activity it's sometimes easy to come up with a lot of ideas and solutions to various user problems. How do you prioritize the ideas to focus your resources and avoid scope creep?
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Relationship between Front-End Dev and Interaction Design [closed]

[I am not changing the original question as there are valuable answers here. but the research I was conducting is now finished and results are published here and http://hci.me.uk/jqueryperformance/ ...
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Explaining small sample size---influencing stakeholders

I am new to the user experience world. Based on some references I've read and threads here, it's Ok to determine statistical significance and compare means for a small sample size of 11 (7 users in ...
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Design for users - Preliminary tests / methods?

Usability seems to be placed, after the application is developed. What methods should we look at, when we want to build a user centred application, before we actually create a version for users ...