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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Sidebars - How useful are they?

We're considering putting information in sidebars and are wondering how useful they are or do users simply ignore them? The project in question is for a heavy content news site.
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Force naming item using modal

So we have webapp where teachers can create student lesson plans, that they can share with a community of academics. After user clicks "create" - we autosave that plan (defaults for all fields) into ...
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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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Incorporating fun into systems design [closed]

Is it possible to use the concept of 'fun' to make a system more effective? How can fun actually improve the functioning of a system? I am looking for clear, solid reasoning around how this might ...
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'Same as billing address' checkbox - Ticked or unticked by default?

I'm working on a subscription user journey. Most of the subscriptions are for digital products. However, a few of them may have a print included in the package and we would need a delivery in this ...
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What's the best way to let a user show/select filetypes?

I have this app where file types define the allowable files that a user can submit. What's the best way to let user show/select any filetypes? See my two potential solutions below. Is there another ...
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Should the voice button become a permanent addition for search fields?

E.g. This search box on Guardian.com's website shows the voice button. While this is a desktop example, on Mobile the voice button is way below (out of focus) near the space bar of the keyboard. ...
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How can we communicate that UX work can't be done by just anyone?

About 2 years ago, I asked about a good usability/UX elevator pitch, so I can quickly explain what UX is whenever I need. But, to this date, I still can't get over one little issue: lots of people ...
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Design for phone. UX/Service Design

I'm working on a project for which a large part of the target is made up of people who do not use computers. The project involves the delivery. The catalog is available online, for those accustomed to ...
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Link between UX/HCI/Graphics?

I've been reading up a lot on UX lately. The terms computer graphics, HCI and User experience keep coming up together. Could someone explain to me how Graphics, HCI and UX are all linked?
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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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What is an effective way to present wireframes and other IA deliverables to client? [closed]

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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What is the difference between human factors and UX design?

I appreciate that this question might not have a well defined scope but i am hopping that providing a context might help. So consider the aviation industry ( often associated with Human factor) as an ...
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Can anyone recommend any good Domain Modelling/Taxonomy tools? [closed]

I work as part of an agile team with distinct disciplines - at the moment we use Confluence as our wiki space for projects - and therefore it's the most sensible place for our living, breathing domain ...
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How would you test your ui/ux design decision in the fastest and cheapest way?

I was at this interview for ux designer position and my interviewer asked me that if your colleagues didn't agree on your design, how would you defend it? Then I said I would test the design in ...
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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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Should product owners force their design ideas into the final UI? [closed]

I dont know if its a valuable argument or not, but its something that I think about it sometimes. As a UI designer I always face a situaution when other people give their opinions about the UI, I ...
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Can I enter into the UX field without any prior experience? [duplicate]

I am working professional with 10 years of experience in field of 3D (gaming, interactive applications, architectural visualizations) but don't have any experience in web or application design. ...
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Useful college minor for an aspiring UX Designer? [closed]

So, currently, I planned on minoring in just general Business (don't exactly know why I did that...). I know what kind of degree you have doesn't matter as much as experience does in UX but, for ...
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How to coach reviewers past saying a design is “clean”?

I've heard it a hundred times. "I love it. It's so... clean". It's a mildly frustrating response. When it comes to design review with stakeholders, the word "clean" is the equivalent to the word ...
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When to remove error color from field? On change or on focus?

I have a form. When the user puts in wrong information or an error shows up, the field color changes. Now, I'm confused as to when I should change the color back; should it be when the user focuses ...
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Is it the job of UX to own what happens when the user zooms in / out using the browser controls? [closed]

My team and I are working on a project and an issue was reported during QA in which the layout gets all disjointed when the user zooms in using the browser controls. The development assigned the work ...
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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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Does UX/UI apply to web pages and web apps only?

As I've said in my previous question, I am venturing into UX/UI and very intrigued and anxious to get deeper in this industry. I was thinking if UX/UI only applies to designs and experience for web ...
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Is taking the CUA (certified Usability analyst) certification worth it? [closed]

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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Is UX art, science or both? [closed]

I find myself trapped by the question if I do ”UX by numbers” or ”UX by feelings”. Sometimes I use scientific tools where web site analytics, card sorting, System Usability Scale and surveys apply ...
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How can non-UX professionals effectively join the UX process/discussion [duplicate]

Trying to avoid the "what is the best tool for 'X'" type question, but a friend asked and I wasn't quite sure how to answer. The original question went something like this: What's the best tool ...
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UX Designer, UX Analyst or UX Architect?… does it matter? [closed]

Lately I've been asked to explain my job description, you know, what is your title?. I've been looking around to see how other colleagues describe the job. I find that some people call it UX ...
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Why shouldn't we call it UX design or us UX designers?

I came across multiple different reasons why UX design should not be called design or why a UX designer is not really the designer of user experiences. For example: User experience (UX) cannot be ...
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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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Is “UX” as an abbreviation for “user experience” meant to be ironic? [closed]

I am wondering about the origins of the "X" in "UX" as an abbreviation for user experience. Has UX become a standard abbreviation because the people in this field find the term amusing? My thinking ...
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UX is so subjective that BOSS is always right [closed]

Many times I tried to give UX advice to my boss and reporting manager and it gets discarded. Few of the times, I have built screens based on my UX understanding, and later asked to change that, which ...
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What will change for UX with the coming of smart TV's? [closed]

Today I came across This Article on Smart Tv's and a couple of other articles stating the new trend will be Smart TV's. I wasn't busy in the field of UX when the 'big' switch of mobile occurred, so I ...
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What is the best (& quickest!) way to learn wire framing? [closed]

I need to get-up to wire-framing speed! What's the easiest way to learn? I have a good understanding of the concepts as a content manager, but my next role requires these additional skills.
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Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?

I was reading up on best practices on usability testing for websites and a recommendation was that get your participants to do usability testing on your competitors website as well as that would help ...
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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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What's the difference between “research” and “discovery”?

Two pillars of user experience legwork -- research and discovery*. But what's the difference between them, really? In practice, I've heard the terms used nearly interchangeably, and sometimes it ...
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Best way to show more than 3 tabs on one single mobile screen?

Whats the best way to show more than 3 tabs on one single mobile screen?
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Are there PhD topics for user experience?

What topics in user experience can have areas to do PhD in?
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Starting a personal UX project? [closed]

So, I am an aspiring UX Designer and I want to start building up my portfolio and getting some UX design experience. But, the problem is, I don't know where to start. A lot of people have told me ...
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Could putting a menu button on the bottom center work well in a mobile app? Sort of like a “Virtual home button.”

Instead of putting a hamburger style menu button on the top corners, could it work well always on the bottom center? It would be visible on almost every screen and free up the top corners for other ...
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Innovative pie chart? Is there any graph that can be used instead of pie chart?

I have been trying to find solution for coming up with a better pie chart for couple of reasons. Overlaying #% (text) on top of tiny portion of piechart wasn't really working in my opinion. Also, ...
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How do you make a portfolio when you have no work to show?

I'm a student trying to get into the UX field. I know one of the best ways to learn something is to get experience doing it. So, I've been looking for internships but almost every one asks for a ...
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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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What's the role of an internal UX person when an outside agency does the work?

I'm a one-person UX team in a small, non-profit organization. In fact, I'm also the only developer (front end only). Our company's website will be completely re-done by this summer. We're in the ...
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UX Designer or UI Developer?

I am currently looking for a new UX Designer position and I'm seeing more and more positions where html/CSS is needed but it's not a development position ("UI/UX Designer"). I am also not seeing ...
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How would you classify UI/UX issues as show stoppers for product release?

The question of which UI/UX issues should be considered as showstoppers when releasing a product to the market has always been of interest to me. I am curious to get some thoughts as to how would you ...
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Same labels required on all questions in a Likert scale?

I'm preparing a UX survey which will use a Likert scale. Personally I'd rather use the same labels configuration for all the questions/items such as : 1. Strongly disagree 2. Disagree 3. Neither ...
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Courses and materials for UI/UX career switch? [closed]

As a software engineer, I'm looking to dive into UI/UX to give my application users the optimal look and feel, and I was wondering if there are some agreed upon UI/UX 101 to get me up and running? The ...
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To be a ux designer [closed]

I am currently working as an instructional designer and I am very interested in switching to UX design. I have taken up a few interviews but I have not been able to convince that the two fields ...