the act of selling user experience to customers, managers, co-workers and employers

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How much design change can users and stakeholders appreciate?

Summary When you seek to improve a bad design, how do you get enough buy-in from stakeholders and users to "rip the band aid off", or is incremental improvement usually the only way to get enough ...
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Canonical names for GUI design patterns

In communication with colleagues and clients, which authority (website, book, …) should one refer to for canonical names of GUI design patterns (for web pages, mobile apps, desktop applications etc.)? ...
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How to respond to “We already have a (non-UX) designer; don't bother us”? [closed]

I'm a freelance UX designer working in an industry where only a few of the largest companies have UX designers or UX groups. Currently, I'm looking for new projects and contacting specific people in ...
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UX as a priority in software application design outside of IT

I came across an interesting discussion on the Academia StackExchange website about why talented scientist write horrible code. To summarize some of the main discussion points (I suggest reading it ...
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How do you combat the “As a user” comments

In my current organisation I am constantly running into clients (both internal and external) who (when disagreeing with a recommendation) say, "as a user ... I think you're wrong". How do you tell ...
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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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What are -if they exist- the best books about UX and business? [closed]

I would like to know if anyone of you read - or if he heard about - a good book neatly explaining the importance of UX in business, something about the return on investment on UX making it clear that ...
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What are the standard estimating techniques for UX efforts?

The actual question can be 'Is there any?' Standard software development process have many standard; mutually agreed and proven estimation techniques. Few of them I have listed below: Use Case ...
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Starting a UX Role in a New Organization

I recently started a UX Design role in a different organization. I'm curious as to what are some best practice techniques in getting up to speed fast. The organization I'm working on is small and they ...
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Best mockup software for presenting the UX of a mobile app [closed]

I'm looking for a mockup software that can very effectively communicate the overall design and UX of a mobile app. Ideally it has these attributes: drag and drop elements (text boxes, check boxes, ...
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Is using a sentence as a search filter better to engage the user compared to showing featured items?

In a marketplace, what do you think will be better: Making a sentence that the user completes by picking from several options that lead to results base on his request, or just showing featured items ...
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Presenting a new design to a client?

It's still a little bit difficult for me to comfortably present a design. It always feels like I'm searching for a structure as the words come out of my mouth. This leads to the presentation coming ...
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What is the expected scope of the UX design for customers?

I think in UX design, sometimes you have to think about the end-users as being the person who we are ultimately solving the problem for. So if you deliver a product that the company likes but their ...
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Sales Ride-Alongs: opportunity for quick research, or a waste of time?

I was recently invited to visit several customer sites to gather user data for future products in the context of a sales call. We had an hour at most with these folks. The rep set the tone, then ...
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How to convince clients to use a one-page layout?

I've designed and developed a beta site with a one-page layout, which is having difficulty getting its final approval from the client's president and vice president. They are not technical people and ...
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How do I get my client to focus when he wants to do only more?

I am facing a classic situation where my client has drawn a gigantic mindmap with branching nodes and trees and given it to me for scoping out the project he wants built, Now I know that 80 percent ...
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Convincing importance of a great UI [duplicate]

We have a good set of algorithms which are the core of our business. Our product itself works mostly as a plugin inside other workflows. There is web based UI which is used by some of our customers ...
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What is the minimum amount of information you need in order to perform a quality heuristic evaluation?

My question is tangentially related to this one, but I'd like to take it a step further. Let's assume I'm an outside consultant and I'm working with a product or system that I have very little ...
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What are some resources for activities / games to teach User-Centered Design? [closed]

I am building a workshop to teach User-Centered Design. The target audience is people who want to integrate UCD into their software development process. What I am looking for is activities and games ...
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UX: Aesthetic-Functional Heuristic or Empirically Based Research? [closed]

What's best to make people buy in, sponsor and support UX within businesses without it? The other day I was reading an article that mentioned that Samsung was losing to apple a battle for consumer ...
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Staying relevant as a UX designer at my company

Tried searching for a similar question, but didn't find anything... I was wondering if there are ways to increase my usefulness to my company, in my role as a UX designer. My skillsets primarily ...
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What to do when client can't afford user research?

I feel most experts would agree with me when I say "User research is king". You can't know how your users will react to a product until you ask them. That said, some clients are on tighter budgets ...
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How do you handle not being allowed to do stakeholder interviews?

I was recently hired for one of my first new projects and have been interviewing stakeholders. I got through the interviews with other people who work for the client, with no problems. However, the ...
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Justifying UX against business KPIs i.e. click rates [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you persuade an organization to value UX? How can I justify UX processes? How are you justifying UX effort e.g. redesigning a page to be less cluttered or just ...
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What are the first steps for growing UX operations in an agency?

I'm the first UX hire at an aggressively growing digital agency. I've been doing UX for corporations for a few years and before that was mainly doing dev and some minor design work. I'm working on ...
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Number of lead designers on a single UX project

I m wondering how many of you think it's best from a project management point of view to have a single UX designer leading the design vision of a project. There could be other UX designers on the ...
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The term “User Experience” in sales

This might be redundant, but I'm curious about the end user's experience when they read the phrase "User Experience". I've seen a number of websites say that they design the best user experience, but ...
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What does it take to be a UX Champion? [closed]

In my User Interface position, we are facing the challenge of transitioning design emphasis from functional(level of effort, technical capability) to User Experience. So far it is a slow transition. ...
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Is UX better marketing than marketing?

In our field we continue to sell our product in terms of better user experience, easier to complete tasks, less pressure on user and so on. We do that being convinced that it benefits our customers ...
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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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“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 get stakeholder buy-in for proposed UX research initiatives?

Undertaking usability studies often requires selling them first. What methods have you found effective for getting your plans approved? One example: I've used short project overview plans in 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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How do you go about convincing the stubborn “powers that be” to let you change a clumsy layout that users are used to?

How do you go about convincing the stubborn "powers that be" to let you change a clumsy layout that users are used to? Say there was a layout in a previous version of software from years back and ...
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How can I justify UX processes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you persuade an organization to value UX? Within the past year I have joined a large company as a 'one-man-user-experience-show' and am often called upon to ...
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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 ...