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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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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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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UX Designer, UX Analyst or UX Architect?… does it matter? [on hold]

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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Methodology difference between UX and Usability

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