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Colorblind: status shapes

Use icons, they communicate a lot more than colours alone. If you must use colours, simply colour the icons.
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Why are most pens (that we use to write) blue in color?

Because the first widely used ink was iron gall which had purple-black or blue-black colour. And the color remained as a standard until today. text written with iron gall ink Detailed explanation: ...
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Is it a good idea to replace "other" with "let me tell you"?

The choice "Other" is a very neutral and well-established term which most people quickly understand. If I saw "Let me tell you why:" as an option then I would have to think twice about what it implies....
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Colorblind: status shapes

This is a great question. I believe there aren't any conventions besides W3C's good contrast color. According to the links below, the best way is adding some kind of visual cue, a shape or ...
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Why are most pens (that we use to write) blue in color?

Nowadays the "popularity" of blue (not in every country) probably has more to do with established conventions and as an easy way to differentiate between printed text (black) and handwritten text (...
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Is it a good idea to replace "other" with "let me tell you"?

I wouldn't do this for one simple reason: it might become an outlet for your customer's emotions. An 'other' box stays within the rational spheres; as a user you're being asked for a reason, you're ...
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Should a toggle switch's label be on its left or right?

Labels on either side serve different purposes. In reading order, Labels before the switch (on the left or top for LTR languages) indicate what the switch is for. Labels after the switch (on the ...
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Colorblind: status shapes

Basic shapes are going to be a difficult task, there really isn't a convention on these. As an example: Tristan's hexagon for stop is a circle for me. The obvious answer is "use labels". But if you ...
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Does uppercase (all-caps) text in headings and navigation reduce the overall user comprehension of the website?

There are already many studies conducted about text readability regarding all caps and the likes. The Nielsen Norman Group has written about this in many articles, stating Reading speed is reduced ...
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Are there any laws (in the UK) which require accessibility guidelines to be followed on a website?

Yes, the Equalities Act 2010 (previously the Disability Discrimination Act) is such a law in the UK. And it has been used before for prosecuting companies offering poor accessibility (generally for ...
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Should Mobile UX Designers be knowledgeable about available UI controls?

I have a slightly different take on this than the other answers. Knowing about the specifically available UI elements is certainly useful, especially with regards to knowing about your limitations on ...
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What is the optimal time for a user on Login Page?

The answer is: as fast as possible Logging in is no user goal. It's simply a security gate that actually hinders the user in achieving his goal. A login page should be as clear as possible. Don't ...
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Push notifications vs basic notifications/alerts

My view is that if you're using push notifications you have to give control to your users. The best way of doing that is to make their 'alerts' as customisable as possible. If it was me, I'd have a '...
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Question based solution suggestions - Design strategy

This is called Conversational UX. The product asks a few questions to understand what the user is looking for. For example, you can check and hotel booking app, Initially they ask where and how many. ...
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How important is **Close** button in an expanded view?

I always think we should offer users a couple of ways to achieve tasks that may be driven by habit rather than cognitive effort. Closing a panel/modal/expanded view is one of these tasks; the user ...
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Why are most pens (that we use to write) blue in color?

OK, I have found what it occurs to me as the most likely reason: a combination of technical issues dealing with gall and ferro-gallic inks on fountain pens and knibs, extensive chemical testing and ...
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What to do when your UX specialist acts like a HIPPO?

Backing up design decisions with research is good practice and it educates people. It's also a bit of a defence mechanism since opinions, especially of those with authority and decision making power ...
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UX: Graphics Design vs. Coding

What you did for your developer friend goes by a few names: Visual Design Front-end Design UI Design Interface Design There is definitely a market for this. Many companies will list this as UI / UX ...
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What is the expected UX behaviour when you delete your account from a service?

3. If you're not deleting things, don't say you're deleting things. But this begs the question: why can't people delete their account? This is terribly user-unfriendly in and of itself. Having a '...
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What's the name for normal life user experience?

It sounds like you are referring to Experience design: Experience design (XD) is the practice of designing products, processes, services, events, omnichannel journeys, and environments with a focus ...
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What's the name for normal life user experience?

Terminology is not well defined. The problem is that the terminology in our field is loosely defined. The answer to your question might just be 'design'. The different design terminologies varies ...
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Placing action buttons in the "left" or "right" side of the form?

People tend to view the left side of the windows rather than the right side, so in my opinion that if your form has a very wide space the best option is the left one, but if your form in a small ...
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Colorblind: status shapes

I haven't really searched or found any research on this. Maybe you could use the shape of traffic signs locally to you? Here we have some indication when it comes to traffic signs shape. Round (white)...
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Colorblind: status shapes

Whoa this is an unexpectedly intresting topic. Im far from an expert on the topic but I gotta say the color+icon map featured in the medium article seems overly complex IMHO (and based on no empiric ...
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Can we make a tooltip as error message?

Keep error states visible so the users know what has happened. Don't leave users dependent on ephemeral elements like tooltips to understand what they have omitted or entered incorrectly. In your form ...
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Synonyms for Dark Design Patterns

A design pattern is defined as "a general, reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem within a given context". Dark design patterns are considered "dark UX", but since ...
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How can I relay to the user that there is a max number of profiles available?

You can show the available spots. This works best in a grid: Other ways are possible, like horizontal scrolling if space is an issue, although that could be a challenge to design since not all spots ...
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Why did Ergonomics and Physical UX "fall out of the map" in the UX field?

From my perspective of working simultaneously in UX and human factors engineering for nearly 30 years, my impression is that the non-digital disciplines were never truly part of UX. The idea of UX ...
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How can I made it more clear that the user can interact with this field to get to settings?

Same as with your other icons: add a label. Profile pictures are commonly associated with the ability to edit your profile and/or user settings, and most people will discover this sooner or later. ...
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What is the difference between wireframing and prototyping?

Wireframing and prototyping are exceptionally useful and underused tools in the tech world. Website and app wireframes are useful to determine the layout and overall look and feel of each screen or ...
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