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The mental image of time is indeed thought to be influenced by language and culture. Scientists discovered years ago that spatial representations of time are affected greatly by linguistic conventions. If English is your native tongue, you're likely to think of time as moving from left to right, but if Arabic is your language of choice, time moves ...


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It's an interesting question, but not one that has to be dealt with directly. You should allow people to delete their information / accounts at any time. Passwords can be reset if you have access to an email account, and so as long as loved ones can gain access to the email account, this is not something that you have to deal with directly. Email access ...


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I would say yes. To quote this research article Different colors mean different things to people in different cultures. For example, Ricks et al(1974) give an example of a company with packaging having green label was not well received by some Malay- sians, because to them green symbolized the jungle with its dangers and diseases. However, green ...


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If the browser interface is RTL, everything would be mirrored compared to an LTR interface: As for the second part of your question, I wouldn't phrase it in terms of "good" or "bad" UX. It goes like this: Usability and cognition Part of usability is efficiency, which by many definitions involves (amongst others) the mental effort users have to expend in ...


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When it comes to multicultural design Geert Hofstede's studies on cultural dimensions is a must read. Germans score high on uncertainty avoidance, which could lead to them to read everything and to be absolutely sure about everything before they start. From The Hofstede Centre: Germany is among the uncertainty avoidant countries (65); the score is on ...


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A portfolio is not simply a catalog of work you've done for previous companies. Here's a quick definition of a portfolio from Wikipedia: Career portfolios serve as proof of one's skills, abilities, and potential in the future. Does this include sample work for other companies? Of course. But there are issues with basing your entire portfolio on previous ...


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The only place where I've seen something similar is with Facebook's Memorialization Request where the Memorialization where users themselves need to report the demised providing proof of death (Unless the user becomes a Zombie and acts on his own behalf). This Time Article (dated Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009) says: (Read: "How to Manage Your Online Life When ...


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In the Arabic world, time series charts are more often shown as right-to-left, as this flows more naturally with reading from right-to-left. Al Jazeera (a large Arabic based news organisation) for example user right-to-left charts quite regularly, as shown below. Note that I have no idea what this chart is referring to. However, most speakers of right-to-...


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One eye is also a symbol of anti-Christ and this is understood among Arabs and Muslims. Prophet of Islam (PBUH) told his followers that one of the identifiable traits of anti-Christ would be that he would be "one eye blind". Personally I get an irritating feeling when I see only one eye looking at me. In Icons it may be less intriguing but it is ...


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I actually wrote a really long blog post about designing for international audiences where I heavily referenced the use case of How Macdonalds provides customized sites for each country depending upon the design principles in use there. To quote from my blog with regards to references to how design principles affect Chinese sites: Understand Color ...


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I agree, your title is boarder line facetious but I couldn't help and chuckle, perhaps it's true? Think of the opening scene of the movie the fifth element where the professor asks the alien "are you German?" - this by the way was dubbed as "are you an alien?" In the German translation of the movie. The original version is funny in its own right. I am a ...


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Two examples from Dutch communities: both Tweakers and Partyflock make it possible for friends or relatives to send and e-mail requesting to memorialize profiles. Both websites request a form of proof, such as an obituary or memorial card, to prevent pranks. Tweakers and Partyflock both have an index of memorialized profiles. Tweakers adds a ✝ symbol (with ...


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In China, Webpage background mostly white. It is Chinese people willing to accept the color.


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Not always. Check out this (fictious) ad, which would most likely be misunderstood in countries which write right-to-left: Image source


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Off the top of my head (I'm UK based, but do stuff with US folk on occasion): Thinking that US/Canadian is an audience. It's at least three (US, English speaking Canadian, French speaking Canadian)... probably more. Spelling. Copy in American English can appear misspelled to English speakers, and vice versa. This can obviously affect people's perception of ...


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You need to be careful designing for another market. There are a lot of traps along the way, which may be hard to find. When you're done with your Chinese internationalization, have a local Chinese UX consultant have a look at your work before launch. That way you can feel more safe that you are on the right track. On general there are a few things to think ...


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On the web, there is a color pattern which I've seen while browsing different sites. Gaming sites such as Steam, EA Games and Ubisoft have chosen black as their background color. The meaning of black in western cultures is authority, death, eternity, evil and mourning. These words sums up what we (in the western world) expect from violent gaming. In China ...


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Coming from a Latin/Mediterranean culture I don't see how it could be offensive. There are very few idioms and symbols that refer to evil/bad eye and in very specific contexts (swearing, cursing, protecting, etc). So unless your project is directed at a very specific audience, you should be safe.


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The best study that I am aware of was by Geert Hofstede on cross-cultural analysis, where he compared individual cultures and perceptions across thousands of professionals around the world. The result was that there were clear cultural differences between countries. But the most interesting thing was that the differences within countries were greater than ...


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You're interpreting the animation as negative head shake because that fits with your cultural background, but ultimately it's just a way of drawing attention to the input. Just because you notice the association between the negative of the error and the negative of the 'shake' animation, doesn't necessarily mean that a person who doesn't make that ...


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You are going to be hard pressed to find a symbol (or opinion for that matter) that someone in the world doesn't find offensive. But that is not the point. Your goal should be to find a symbol that is clear to your target audience. If you can do that well, then unless it's an obvious problem, move on and work on something more important. I think anyone ...


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One thing that sticks out to me as I read through all these articles regarding colored backgrounds, especially white. People are used to receiving information off of a white background. It's the color of paper, I would say world wide. Is there a culture in the world that avoids the use of white paper? If so I am not aware of them. I look at all these ...


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Yes. Because every color should be a conscious choice. But not necessarily because different cultures have different meaning for colors. Mervin brought up the example of McDonalds. However, this is what the article he refers to has to say about it: Global internet marketing doesn’t just mean translating the language. Different cultures have different ...


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Interesting and important question. I had a related thought on my question Mirror top navigation order between left to right-languages and right to left-languages?, where you actually should mirror content, and not just translate navigation on a multi-lingual site. On colors there are some considerations to do for white and red, as Christian Arno explains: ...


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I will state it this way: a person can die, an avatar (digital representation of a person) can't. A person has two states: alive and death. An avatar / account can be active or inactive or removed. So a good approach can be to restrict users to show some activity for a given period. This means that if no activity is shown, the avatar becomes inactive and ...


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One thing these cultures have in common is a top-down organization of writing. When a line breaks, both cultures continue writing below what was just written. You could lean on this in your designs. The Flipboard app uses "pages" that flip up and down rather than left and right. I'd start with something along those lines. Maybe new screens slide up from ...


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Unless your chatbot is purely for entertainment, or low-pressure functions, I'd be very cautious. Humor (unless explicitly requested by a "tell me a joke" command) is an incredibly subtle thing when you're dealing with text (how many times have you misinterpreted the intent of a text message or email from someone—even if you know them quite well—because ...


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My native language is Spanish, and the norm indicates that all accents are removed when using all capitals. Thus, Pérez becomes PEREZ, Fernández becomes FERNANDEZ and so on. Note that adding accents is not bad per se, and new trends indicates that using accents is a good thing, but the established norm is to remove them altogether. As for other languages, ...


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Here's an example of something that works for a particular community. Metafilter chooses to put a note on the deceased person's profile page: Metafilter is a very social website where people care personally about each other, and a member suggested this feature. It's a way of honoring the deceased person (and reducing confusion for other people looking at ...


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A great question and undiscovered country for modern generations. I can share my personal user experience. A dear friend of mine recently passed away. Her profile is still active on facebook. I am comforted by it's presence and by the people posting notes and pictures to it. Right now her profile's active state is very healthy for friends and family. No ...


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