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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Where can I find problems to challenge my UI design skills?

I'm still in the beginnings of my career as a programmer, and have always thought I was more interested in low-level back-end type stuff. However, having done a few projects lately on my own, I've ...
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Does a large UX team tend to spoil a design?

Is there a rule of thumb for how many UX designers should be working together on a project? Factoring in things like the size of the project (e.g. number of functions/screens), timeline of the ...
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Why use paper prototyping, besides saving time?

When creating a web application prototype, I find it's pretty easy for me to put together a fast prototype. What are the advantages to using a paper prototype instead (or before that)? This video ...
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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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Is user experience a job position?

What I meant by my question was is user experience a stand alone job position, or is it a technical or artistic position that uses some principles of user experience design? The reason I ask is ...
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What UI Should I Use?

Here's the feature: The user is a construction sub-contractor. Each user specializes in something like welding or plumbing or windows, etc... Now, these things they specialize in are formally defined ...
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Are there any online resources, such as courses/tutorials/blogs, about UI/UX sketching? [closed]

So, I've read Sketching User Experience by Bill Buxton and several blogs discussion how to start the ideation process in a good way with sketching. I've also read about different pens, such as Copic ...
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Which is better option Create/Save for Activity and Circle? [closed]

I want to create an Activity as well as Circle for networking. Which button will be suitable 'Create' or 'Save'.
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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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Which is better option 'School', 'College' or any other?

I have used the school field name for both school and college on my website, but I think 'School' and 'College' have different meanings. Can anyone suggest a more appropriate option?
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UI / UX Review Site? [closed]

I stumbled upon a UI/UX review site some time ago, but cannot seem to put my finger on it again. Could someone please advise if you are aware of what this site may be? I have a few designs I'd like ...
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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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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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Where is the most effective place to put search button

I am designing a page with search/filter section. I would like to know where is the most effective place to put the search button? In the picture the gray box, created dynamically so it maybe 15 ...
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Whats the UX strategy behind Twitter's Retweet dialog?

Mouse Hovering over a particular tweet on the feed will show these links - / Reply , Retweet , Fav , More / - These links are prominent enough and clean. I dont understand the reason for ...
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Is there a job board for UX designer? [closed]

Is there a niche job board for User Experience practitioners? I know there are Mashable Jobs and Mediabistro which is not only on UX. Is there a job board for UX alone?
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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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UX designer jobs [closed]

I will be graduating with a master degree in HCI and am interested in taking up ux designer roles in the industry. Most of the job openings require 5+ years of relevant exp and a portfolio to showcase ...
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Hiring Web Designer/Usability Expert - What should I be looking for? [closed]

I work for a small data management/warehousing company that also focuses heavily on web applications. We are looking to "beautify" our existing web apps into something along the lines of mint.com or ...
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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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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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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 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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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, ...
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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 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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? ...