User centered design (short UCD, sometimes called Human centered design) emphazises focus on end users of a product and aims to test and develop products in close interaction with users.

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Should you concede to user demands that seem clearly inferior?

Currently working on a ground-up (not just the UI) reimplementation of a whole, existing system. Because it's internal we've been able to work with its existing users during the process, and get their ...
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Is user experience design (UXD) equal to user centered design (UCD)?

Can user experience design (UXD) and user centered design (UCD) be considered the same? If not, how do they relate to each other and how do they differ?
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Case studies to help sell UCD

I'm looking for some nice simple stats and references to help convince potential clients of the value of UCD. Real-life case studies you can explain in one line I suppose. One of my favourites is of ...
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How do you handle not knowing what it's like to be the person using the softwares you need to design

I have a general question so I'll provide an example: Let's say you were assigned to build a software which will be used on a daily basis as a professional tool, let's say a statistician's. Now, you ...
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Should I never ever use only placeholders in forms?

I have a form that the users will use a lot of times becouse is the main funcionality of my webapp. It has select boxes with large options, so they are quite wide. Looks something like this: May ...
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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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Is creating personas against the principles of User Centered Design? [closed]

I'm just running through an agency proposal and the misuse of personas has reared its ugly head again. I'm finding this is now a frequently reoccurring theme and so I thought I'd raise it as a ...
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Should forms always appears within a box?

The main form of my webapp looks like this: With the next colors: Background color...: #F4F9FD Tittle color.......: #3C325C Button color.......: #DE373D Why do forms usually appears within a ...
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Original design choice of back and forward directions?

There are numerous of evidence around us where forward and backward directions are predetermined. As if they are a conscious choice we all know. At least this in true in left-to-right reading ...
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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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How far do we go to protect users?

Based on this question. While I loved reading the sassy replies about caves and leopards, the larger debate seems to be whether or not we assume the user is irresponsible and I wonder, as a user ...
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UI/UX in an Agile Development Environment

I'm working with a company on a medium-large scale web application. The application is to replace existing applications, manual, and electronic processes. This project is on a tight deadline, and is ...
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Do you use “scenarios” and “use cases” as one or separate?

There are a lot of discussions and information on the difference between scenarios and use cases, but I want to know how do they - or don't they - work together? At a high level, the main difference ...
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When to use data driven personas and when to make them up?

I'm studying HCI and the focus for persona creation on my course is resolutely that personas should be derived from user research data. I also attended adaptive path's uxintensive last year and the ...
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How do users react to Bootstrap's uneditable-input class?

Bootstrap supplies a class .uneditable-input, which can be applied to a span/label/text/etc to mimic the appearance of a disabled text input. Bootstrap describes it as: "Uneditable inputs: Present ...
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How long does the User remember?

I'm wondering for how long the User holds the knowledge about a site? Assuming that you (as User) came to a new website, browse it for a while, accomplish your goals and then leave. You have learned ...
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Is task-based the same as user-centric?

Well, I think that the question is self-explanatory. In order to explain something to someone in the office I used task-based instead of user-centric and I was surprised. I'm usually complaining ...
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What do I want to be? [closed]

So, I graduated with a bachelor's in web development. I LOVE coding...but I also LOVE being the deciding factor. Its one thing to be handed something already designed and just code it...but its a ...
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Is Empathic Design a part of User Centered Design?

I stumbled across the Kano Model this morning, and didn’t know what it was. Searching for it I came across another term unknown to me; Empathic Design. Reading the characteristics of Empathic Design ...
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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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Why do laptops have so many stickers?

They're telling me who made the OS, who made the processor, who made the speakers, who made the graphics card and who put all of these together! Such details are acceptable on the packaging, but once ...
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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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How to enforce persona usage in company's design process?

Any idea how to force interaction designers to truly use personas and not just design based on assumptions or "hidden personas"? My company runs into this problem quite often. We conduct user research ...
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Can Information Architects and UX Designers work as separate profiles?

I'm just very recently working as a UX Designer and loving my job but learning still a lot about it. My main focus lies with design while a large part of it is usability, which I like as well. I was ...
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Best way to ask user to select either image or color

What is the best way to ask user to select either image or color. I made one is it the correct UX UPDATE Users can select multiple images or a single color UPDATE Actually from this interface I ...
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Using delayed appearance of some UI elements to grab user attention suggest actions

I'm looking for some examples and opinion of delaying the appearance of some elements in mainly static UI. I'm not talking about banners, which are affected with "banner blindness", but rather ...
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Any best practices or examples of mix and match functionality on a fashion e-commerce?

I'm trying to design this feature, but so far not much luck finding any decent implementations of this feature. one example is http://www.bonarium.com but even that is pretty basic. what would the ...
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UI for system model vs. user model, for developers

Background: Product I'm working with caters to developers, and I'm redoing the UI to improve usability. Currently, the UI behaves like the system model, which is fairly complicated because its a ...
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Native apps | Mixing compiled UI-UX with unknown dynamic controls and interactions

The problem I am planning a mobile / tablet app that aims to combine ‘knowns’ - a largely static, pre-defined UI-UX as is the nature of compiled binaries - together with a potentially quite wide ...
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Adjusting a microsite layout using variables in url

I work on a modular onepager microsite in which I have several modules: a rotator module (full width, rotating big visuals, each of them containing some CTA and action button) several half width ...
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Do savings and subtotal need to be displayed on a product page?

We are designing a product page and I think having money you saved and subtotal is redundant as it appears in cart and during checkout. My colleagues think "You saved a total of $XX.XX" is crucial. ...
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Is there any rationale behind this type of user experience?

This is a very popular website( irctc.co.in) in India which is being used by more than 20 Million Indians to book their railways tickets. But here's something I've found: When you book your ticket ...
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Appropriate UI Design for Crossing Matrix

i'm programming in php, javascript. This isn't a programming question but rather User Interface/Experience one. suppose i want to create a crossing matrix for dog breeds. I initially created a table ...
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Why do radio buttons precede the labels?

Radio buttons always seem to precede the label and not the other way around. Is there any reason for this? Don't user first read the label before selecting a radio button? Does this have to do ...
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What is the difference between UD and UCD?

Is Universal Design the same as User-Centered Design or are they different principles?
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How to structure a form within a tab?

I'm developing a online clothing store where the user could save their measures of the body in the cloud, so we'd calculate the size of the garment automatically. Then I have a form to do this which ...
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How to inform users in a documentation if the topic is advanced, and if it's even necessary?

In the documentation page for my team's product, there are some articles under the same header that are fairly friendly but some that are definitely not for beginners. My employer wants something that ...
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Are there any established design patterns for complex product configuration?

Thanks for looking! Background I am a software engineer (not a UX designer) and am helping a very good manufacturing client redesign their online store. This particular manufacturer sells products ...
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Differentiate user centered design and user experience design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is user experience design (UXD) equal to user centered design (UCD)? I am struggling to understand the UX roles with UCD. Can someone explain?
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How to create a web application with good user experience or usability?

I am a front end developer, new to "user experience" world. I got a web application which has usability issues, which I have to recreate as per usability point of view. I referred many articles ...
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User research for a product users have never used

I am designing a health tracker app for the users in my organisation and I am planning to interview users in order to understand them more. However, these users have never used such an application ...
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What is the best way to input cm of body measures?

In my web application the user have to save their measures of the following parts of the body: Head Neck Chest Hip Feet The value stored in the database could store two decimals too. So I thought ...
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Persona has to be a person? Difference between Brand ambassador, mascot and persona? Validating persona

Actually, these are three inter related sub questions. Q1. Does Persona have to be a person because ultimately whatever we will create (product/service) that will be used by human being only, and ...
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Designing wireframes to be implemented as designed [closed]

I know what to show and what not to show to the user, but the implementation deviates from the intended design. Can anyone suggest to me the solution to this issue?
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Icon for Appending a file after existing file

I am designing an editor. On my UI, there is an icon for importing a file. When user opens the editor and clicks on “Import” icon, that file is opened in editor. Now I want that if user clicks ...
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Can we build UX into old, large legacy systems?

For huge corporate, legacy applications we dont tend to have the luxury of re-vamping the UI after assessing the UX of the process that those apps support. However, just because there has been a lack ...
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Search Results Of Relationships

I'm working on an application that has many many-to-many relationships. In this applications there is a search feature. With this search you are able to search for a person. A person can belong to ...
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How to recommend improving usability of something that doesn't exist yet?

If a website is in an early requirements gathering phase, to what extent can the usability of this site be advised at this stage? I understand that achieving better usability comes from further ...
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How to keep your app consistent while adding new unique features? [closed]

Once you design your main look and feel of your app .. you may start adding new features .. that requrie new interactivity .. how to stay consistent with youe previous behaviours ?
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What encouraged the designers of GNOME Web 3.11.90 to show both (a) the page title and (b) the address/location/URL in the header bar?

Points of reference, please, for documents and/or discussions that supported the design rationale. I'll add one answer, I don't know whether it's ideal. Background A brief, two-screenshot ...