I'm looking for a ways to convey the idea of good vs. bad* UX design and features. In order to offer a UX stamp(s) to my girlfriend as she is a Human Factor Engineer.

The idea is neither to stigmatize people nor errors but to raise awareness of the help she can provide as well as skills and process needed to achieve good products.

Do you have feedbacks ?

  • When you say 'stamp' are you talking about a literal rubber stamp? I'm not clear on the context.
    – DA01
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 18:33
  • could be a either physical or virtual stamp. Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 7:15
  • This sounds like a graphic design question. Typical concepts would be thumbs up/down. Checkmark/x. etc.
    – DA01
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 14:10
  • It is a graphic design question in my opinion too. The primary need is to invent a symbol that communicates the message.
    – Ramnath
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 13:40
  • The "how" of the the stamp is a design question. How will the ideas be communicated. But the "what" of the stamp is arguably a UX question, and a very difficult one to boot. What are the core ideas that best represent the ethos and value of UX, on the limited canvas of stamp.
    – dennislees
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 1:44

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If I understand correctly, a simple "seal of approval" is actually rather detrimental to the idea of user centered design, and especially to the practitioner's merit.

Any approval (or disapproval) should be met with rationale; that is how one raises awareness and illustrates skills needed to achieve good products. You can't put that in a stamp. If a Human Factors (UX, Usability, Ergonomics, etc...) practitioner want's to put their "seal of approval" on something, it should be in the first paragraph (or be the first bullet) of a report explaining why.


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  • I was thinking to this as an informal channel, but it might be a silly idea Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 7:18

When trying to introduce others to usability, IA, UX, accessibility, Plain English, I find it helps to give examples of good practice contrasted with bad practice, and an explanation of why the good example is good and the bad example is bad.

I usually flag the good example with a tick on a green background and the bad example with a x on a red background.

That also neatly illustrates how to offer more information than just a red or green background to indicate status (because of colour-blindness).

Whatever you use to indicate approval, the cultural context would need to be taken into account. A thumbs-up may mean different things in different cultures, for example.


I like bar graphs myself. Remember you want to convey information not just data. Perhaps an overall score and then a bar graph for things like cognitive load, information architecture and flow.

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