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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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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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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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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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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So are there “standards” for UX?

I'm establishing a new UX unit in our organization, and whenever I try to introduce something, I get asked about "standards". You know, questions like "So do you have any standards that you based this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it recommended you remove all non-essential links, navigation items, promo buckets etc when users engage in a elaborate tool/flow on your site?

I know this is the case for registration where you dont want the user to bail. A good example would be creating a map on Google Maps.
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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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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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Great UX blogs - any “ultimate” collection you should know of? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which are the best UI related blogs/sites? Where do you find inspiration for user interface design for web applications? What are your preferred blogs and resources of ...
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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 categorize usability/ux problems?

Even though the definition of usability/ux problem can be elusive I would like to learn more about how to categorise usability problems. And by categories I mean various qualities of the user ...
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Certificate/Diploma in UX/UI/IxD [closed]

I am looking for a certificate/diploma course in UX/UI development. Basically, I think I am good in design as well as programming. Right now I have a job as an Interactive Developer and I get to work ...
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How do you communicate that UI is not the same as UX [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between UI and UX One of the challenges that I have found is communicating the fact that UI is not the same as UX and is just a subset of of UX as a whole ...
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Where to get my own Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

Is there any (software) framework or company that offers "Customer Experience Improvement Program" (CEIP) like Microsoft uses it? I think this should enable software vendors to do thinks like that: ...
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Wondering if anyone has attended ConFab in Minneapolis, MN?

Here's a link to the one coming up: http://confab2012.com/ I'm trying to track down a Midwest based conference that goes into more UI/UX detail than something that you'd find at say, a NN/Group or ...
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What are the best UX / Interaction Design masters courses in UK or Ireland? [closed]

Looking for the best taught masters programme in UK or Ireland in the field of User Experience / Interaction design. Ideally a 1-2 year full-time programme.
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What are the User Experience disciplines in the analog world?

It is clear to me that User Experience (UX) is about how a person feels about using a product, system or service. This website is focused on the digital world, but what happens on the analog world? ...
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What is the best way to elegantly browse and select an item from a parent, child, or grandchild tree-structure?

they will select only one item the items in this case will be sporting activities the levels go from general to specific…..ex: biking (parent) > mountain biking (child) > downhill mountain biking ...
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What is User Experience (UX)?

I've looked at this site for the first time today. I've checked About, the FAQ and the FAQ and searched, and I don't seem to be able to find an answer on this site. These are the closest I can find: ...
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How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders

I'm working on a large project where I am a UX consultant. The company I am contracted with also consult a domain expert (DE) but she is not UX. More than a few times now I have noticed her insisting ...
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How fatal is it to a UX designer if they tend to need *full* control over their design process, and not have other major contributors into the design?

Another way of putting this question is: How friendly is a UX career to a person that has a hard time allowing multiple "cooks" in the creation of a design? Is it not really a problem, because UX ...
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What's the best way to find candidates for UX Designer? [closed]

Beyond the obvious (posting on LinkedIn, Craigslist), what techniques have you found to be the most successful in finding good UX candidates to hire?
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What to ask when hiring UI Experts? [closed]

I'm creating a desktop (PC) application. A dictionary / thesaurus / spell check tool that works across applications (explorer / browser / spread sheet etc..) I know my own intuition on UI sucks and ...
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What tools are sitting in front of a creative user experience designer during most of their workday? [closed]

There may not be a "typical" UX Designer, but if there was a normal one, what is the main tool or tools that is in front of them as they craft, plan, think, and create an incredible UX that shows real ...
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Technology used in user experience / interaction design

I would like to be a software engineer (I am a computer science grad), but I would like to focus on user interaction/experience/interface design. Although I would love to get more into the design I ...
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How do you describe what you do?

When meeting new people, I'm often asked about my job. However, I've found that outside (and to an extent, within) the app and web development industry, UX is still rather new and not understood. If ...
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What's the definition of Information Architecture?

According to Morville, Peter & Rosenfeld, Louis in their book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2006) 3rd edition, its this: The structural design of shared information ...
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Methodology difference between UX and Usability

What methodologies do user experience professionals adopt that differentiate them from usability professionals.