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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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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How CUA help me get job? [duplicate]

Recently I did CUA from HFI. It was great learning experinece. I gain lots of information from the course. But now the question for me is being hardcod web/graphic designer did any other company ...
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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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What is the difference between Wireframing and prototyping

What is the difference between Wireframing and prototyping? Prototype should be interactive and Wire-frame Static? Am i right?
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Signal that a field has become required after other user interaction

The user is presented with a form. One of the form selections is a check box. If the user checks the check box, one of the fields is now required. What is the best way to signal to the user that ...
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How to break into the field of HCI?

Before you make a remark of this has been asked over and again, let me point out that I have done my research - Do I have the skills for UX? As a programmer, how do I move into UX? Getting into ...
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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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What are the standard estimating techniques for UX efforts?

The actual question can be 'Is there any?' Standard software development process have many standard; mutually agreed and proven estimation techniques. Few of them I have listed below: Use Case ...
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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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Which label text is good for “Enter email address”?

I'm about to place one text field in the log in area where user can enter email address and password for logging in, but I'm confused which text should I use for label and placeholder text? Here are ...
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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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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'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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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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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 ...
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Is it ok to force uppercase for the first letters of names? [duplicate]

If a user enters their name with lowercase letters, should we respect that or force it uppercase? "john doe" displayed as "John Doe". There is a contingent in our group that thinks it would be ...
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User Experience/HCI Course [closed]

In Oxford Brooks there are 2 course that i think about User Experience/Human Computer Interaction. Here http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2014/computer-science/ and ...
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What should a UX designer know about CSS (for a job interview)?

I've an interview on Friday for the role of a UX designer. The job description says 'require HTML & CSS skills'. While I know the basics of HTML& CSS, I have not done coding. What potential ...
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UX Designer, UX Analyst or UX Architect?… does it matter?

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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How do I determine an appropriate UX design hourly rate for my location? [closed]

I'm a Senior-to-Lead level UX designer in New York City, who recently decided to go freelance. I since have decided on hourly and daily rates, but was wondering what others consider a fair fare given ...
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How do you know when you've reached the “local maximum?”

Andrew Chen calls the “Local Maximum” a point in which you’ve hit the limit of the current design…it is as effective as its ever going to be in its current incarnation. How do you know, as a UX ...
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Do you absolutely need personas before any usability/user tests?

I know that personas are effective during the design and development stage. They help take focus away from requirements and deliverables so we can focus on the user's goals. But if you don't know who ...
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How much value does Human factor's CUA certification hold for a Senior web developer? [duplicate]

I am working as Senior web developer with 5 years of experience. I also create wireframe mockups and have good experience in photoshop. I am looking to pursue HFI's CUA certification. Is this ...
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How to arrange a Slider control with DropDown option

I have a form with many fields. One field is numerical and it can have these 3 values (option A: 2.0, option B: 1.5, option C: 1.0, and also an extra option CUSTOM: any value the user wants). Problem ...
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How much time of project schedule we should spend for UX?

How much time of project schedule we should spend for UX (research, prototyping, testing with people, final design,...)? I mean everything without the actual implementation. For example: we have ...
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As a highschool graduate what essential skills do I need before I even think about getting into UX/UI? [closed]

What are important software I should master before breaking into UI/UX? -Thanks
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What does an information architect do?

Do they just create site navigations? Or do they have do to more? If so, what are the most important tasks an information architect has to do?
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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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As a UX Designer, how can I contribute as to the development process on GitHub? [duplicate]

Does anyone know how can I contribute (as User Experience Designer) to the development process on GitHub? I want to know how someone could include UX Research, Usability Testing, Contextual Inquiries ...
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A simplified version of UX designer competencies

I have been asked before about describing my role as a UX architect, and I was thinking about the background of people working in UX design as being either graphic/visual design, software ...
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What's the difference between UX and layout design?

This probably falls under the "If you have to ask, then you obviously don't understand" category, but I've always wondered what the difference was between UX and layout. Or even if there is one. I'm ...
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Example Task for a UX (User Experience) Interview

We are in the process of weeding out potential candidates for a new UX position in our company. It is difficult to tell how someone actually works until you get them to go through a project. So, I ...
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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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What are some unusual job titles for UX designers [closed]

Since many of us don't work exclusively in a specific team, and that many startups like to be creative with titles, I was wondering if anyone has heard of any creative titles or descriptions for the ...