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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there PhD topics for user experience?

What topics in user experience can have areas to do PhD in?
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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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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 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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Is there any issues with approaching a website re-design from a mobile first perspective?

I've read the book Mobile First and agree with many of the points made. However, I still do not approach a project creating a set of mobile wireframes and then desktop. I still design the other way ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do you handle not being allowed to do stakeholder interviews?

I was recently hired for one of my first new projects and have been interviewing stakeholders. I got through the interviews with other people who work for the client, with no problems. However, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...