Questions relating to the general UX field, such as career, academic aspects, its relation to other fields and disciplines, and other topics that relate to the field as a whole.

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What makes a great user experience portfolio?

I'm in the middle of a job search. I came up from a development (both front and backend) background and have done quite a bit of UX work. The biggest problem I'm facing in putting my portfolio ...
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Is it odd to display search results in a modal window?

We're trying to avoid adding another page in the hierarchy. (basically a results page with a Back button). A few things.... displaying the results on the same page as the search input field isn't an ...
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How should we format numbers on a mobile device for a POS app?

We are working on an point of sale app, and need to figure out how to format the numbers on the screen for when a client is entering a credit card number. The two options are: 1) The way a phone ...
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UX responsibilities

Is there a number of responsibilities that fall under UX (for example, graphic design, usability etc), or is UX a sub responsibility of design?
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How to showcase UX work?

Presenting your UX design on the portfolio is more than just showing off some screenshots of the wireframe or finished graphics. I am just wondering what your thoughts are on the ideal way to display ...
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What skills (if any) differentiate UX from Design?

I recently came across a poster on UX careers, where the bottom of the poster lists some specific skills and their prevalence in UX jobs. I found it somewhat disturbing that usability testing was ...
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What is the relationship between customer experience and user experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should “Customer Service” be considered a function of user experience? Recently I've seen the term Customer Experience (CX?) popping up in a lot of places. This is a ...
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Would doing freelance usability testing help me learn more about UX?

I am looking into joining the following services: UserFeel - (http://www.userfeel.com/) Analysia - (http://www.analysia.com/Index.asp) I want to make some income on the side while looking for more ...
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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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How to archive paper prototypes and physical objects from design process?

I have looked around UXSE for questions on this and haven't found anything yet. I am looking for solutions to managing paper prototypes and sketches and other physical objects created during a design ...
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How do we validate our persona?

When we pursue our goal of ease of use for our users we sometimes use personas to test or guide our designs. And that’s all good – because it gives us a feeling of how a user would interpret the ...
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How to use paper prototyping on an existing product

Paper prototyping is a very powerful tool early on in a new product build as it helps you to iron out ux and rapidly iterate. However if you're working on an existing product and want to test small ...
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How and when to gently prompt user to save between pages

I am working on a complete rewrite of a complex, multi-step and enterprise-/internal-facing web application. The existing application's UI was literally based upon Excel spreadsheets that had been ...
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Is there such thing as UX evolution, and how to adapt?

I was watching this video on how would facebook be if it were invented in the '90s. And made me think about how User Experience evolves through time given technology availability at the moment. ...
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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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Where and how can i study UX Design

What are the different options to study UX DESIGN? Specific degree or formation? can we do a home study?
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How to handle language preference

I have a website where I authorize user to change the language of the website thanks to a drop-down list that he can find in the top right on every page. By default, the language is set accordingly ...
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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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How can I get a job in the UX field without any professional experience? [closed]

How do I get an entry level job doing UX if I have no direct professional experience? I am asking is there something I can do on my own to build up a UX portfolio?
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Should a website UI designer know Javascript/JQuery as well as HTML & CSS?

My problem is this, that few people mention that a UI designer should not have knowledge of JavaScript they should only know html and css. But I believe that a UI designer should also have knowledge ...
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Hiring a User Experience Prototyper

Wanted to ask the community what they would look for in a Prototyper that is specialized in prototyping for User Experience. Here's a couple specific things I am trying to gauge (but feel free to ...
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When best to perform a heuristic evaluation?

I am currently introducing industry standard usability practices & processes into our software development cycle. The following prototype phase has been introduced which consists of the following ...
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Is taking the CUA (certified Usability analyst) certification worth it?

I see a lot of people taking this certification nowadays and I wonder if its actually worth it and how is it received by the industry and does it really help in bringing you up to speed with UX and ...
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What do you need to know and do when your migrate from a UX practitioner to a UX manager? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are various Senior UX Expert job roles and path forward? What skill sets, discipline, workflow or/and tools you absolutely required at the beginning of your UX ...
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Is implementing dark patterns unethical?

A recent question and discussion got me thinking - some UX practices are considered "dark patterns", and they're held up as bad UX from the user's perspective, though they can actually be good for the ...
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Use of Modal Dialog Box for User Sign In

The site that I am working on has a signed-in and a signed-out state. We're in the process of implementing a soft signed-in state (e.g., remember me on this computer). Doing that requires users to ...
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What is the best way to let a user assign an asset to a contact? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to select a subset of items in a long list I am creating a web app that will manage a list of contacts, and the assets that they own. The asset list, and 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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Teaching UX theory to beginners [closed]

What are the top UX theories to teach to beginners in the field? What are the basics no designer could go without knowing? For example: fitts law, hicks law, principles of gestalt, concept of ...
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For tables, should unit type be in the column header, or with the column data or both?

In this case, we want to show if the value is in Miles or Kilometers: https://skitch.com/darrenbockman/en9r9/template-online-style-guide-v2.gtemplate
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Established classification and category for UX

Can anyone tell me if there is an established classification and category for UX? Example: You are in a bookstore and looking for books related to UX, under which section would you go look ...
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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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Do I include customers who have recently purchased in an email campaign for upcoming sale?

If I am about to send out an email campaign, "25% off storewide for 7 days!", is this creating a bad user experience for customers who have just made a purchase within the last few days? Are there ...
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Do UX guy needs to be good at making designs using Photoshop and converting them into HTML, CSS? [closed]

Do UX guy needs to be good at making designs using Photoshop and converting them into HTML, CSS? Or these are job of Graphic/web designer and front-end guy?
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Best way to explain UX Design to someone that isn't tech-savvy

I'm trying to explain what UX Design is to my not-too-tech-savvy parents. All the descriptions I've come across thus far are lengthy and "deep" and very task-oriented. I've yet to find a concise ...
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What is an effective way to present wireframes and other IA deliverables to client?

My agency currently includes wireframes in our project definition documents. Each key page is described along with its wireframe, basic interaction, input fields etc. However, I'm not sure if this is ...
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How could you design a dishwasher to always be able to tell whether the dishes are clean or dirty? [closed]

One problem my roommates and I have is figuring out whether the dishes are dirty or clean. How could you design a dishwasher to always tell whether the dishes inside are clean or dirty? How can we ...
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How to transition from Technical Writing to Usability/User Experience and pick up the necessary skills to build an entry level portfolio?

I don't have a formal degree in fields related to UX, although I've picked up good number of books and keep myself updated with UX blogs. They have proven to be the bulk of my UX knowledge so far ...
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A/B testing VS UX usability enhancement by UX guy?

What us the point behind A/B testing if everything will be decided by the users inputs of websites then Is there any role for UX guy in this case? Should we give preferences the results of A/B ...
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Are web designers calling themselves UX designers now a days? [closed]

Are web designer calling themselves as a UX designer now? I have seen that many designer who makes interface for websites or web applications all now calling himself as a UX designer. Is the UX ...
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Credentials and reasonable expectations for a software developer moving into UX design?

I have been a software developer for the past 5+ years and am considering switching to a role that is less focused on coding/development. UX design is one of the paths I am considering. My two most ...
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Adaptative Web Design + UX deliverables

does it make sense to create UX deliverables about wireframing information design, when nowadays we are evolving to adaptive web design, with more than 2 or 3 different layouts for different devices? ...
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Wireframing StoryBoard as an entire UX design specification (deliverables)

From an IA/UX designer perspective, what do you think about HiFi wireframe storyboard for Web applications, instead of a classic deliverables approach? I have read a very good documentation about ...
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Industry standard for documenting IxD / UI Design Patterns?

What's the industry-standard way to document a design pattern? I have seen websites like ui-patterns.com and patternry.com that host and share design patterns, but when creating an reusing a design ...
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What is a simple way to explain the disciplines and benefits of UX to a client?

What is the clearest way to explain to a client the disciplines and benefits of User Experience Design? What I've got so far... This is the clearest definition of the disciplines I've seen, but it ...
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Do UX workshops facilitate more effective learning than studying on your own?

Do UX workshops facilitate more effective learning than studying on your own (reading books, blog, and asking questions here or on other sites/forums)? Do people gain more confidence after attending ...
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Is it a good Idea to force user to sign in/sign up for purchase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should registration be optional on an e-commerce site? I have seen a number of eCommerce sites which force the users to signin for making a purchase. Is this at all a ...
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UX Management: Best Practice for Wireframe/Prototype Deliverable Evaluation

On the User Experience Management side of things, how do you evaluate a User Experience Designer's wireframes/prototypes as far as skill progression goes? What metrics or criteria should be used to ...
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Is it acceptable to have more than one type of confirmation message?

We're discussing having multiple types. For example, one type would appear at the top of the page and drive users to perform another action: The other type would appear "inside" a submit button ...
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How to make a 20-field online form more user friendly?

I've made a pretty basic form for data entry that will be used by office workers to build a database. The form is actually a composite of a decade of excel files that the organization has been using, ...