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Use icons, they communicate a lot more than colours alone. If you must use colours, simply colour the icons.


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There is no problem to work as a UX/UI designer, as choosing color is just a minor part of the usability process. There are lots of other activities that the UX-er should do, like usability testing, checking analytics, conducting A/B tests, writing reports. Choosing color is more like visual designers work. People often are confused between the two ...


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I've been doing front-end work for a decade, and I have deuteranopia or deuteranomaly (red-green color blindness). It has never been a problem. I largely rely on color codes and location/proximity on color picker UIs to identify colors. When doing a design from scratch, I will often look at pre-existing palettes for inspiration. I will also use an ...


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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. I recommend reading Steve Krug's book Don't Make Me Think If an analogy helps then your suggestion is akin to renaming the common hammer into "Nail Impaler"....


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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: The pervasiveness of blue ink has to do with the type of ink that preceded the modern dye based inks. From about the 5th century to the late 19th or ...


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There is enough ambiguity here that labeling and context are necessary It doesn't matter whether 30%, 50% or 70% of users think this is male (vs female or gender-neutral). There is enough ambiguity here that the infographic will fail to communicate gender effectively so context and labeling are necessary to make it effective. This Nielsen article describes ...


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Limitations are limiting Everyone here is very nice, but they're dodging one important point: Being a color-blind UXD will limit your ability to be an all-in-one product designer. Everyone has their limits. Unlike you, I do not have a solid engineering background. I work closely with a software architect throughout the discovery phase of a product or ...


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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 something that doesn't depend on the color alone. For example, if you want to make a "danger" status you could add a caution icon, think about the pedestrian signal ...


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I find it glaring that the sound of the letter 'X' (ex) is the same as the opening sound in experience, whereas the letter 'E' sounds like the start of international. So I think that sound-wise, UX is closer to User Experience than UE. Just to support this: Extra large is marked 'XL' and not 'EL'. Also, the sound of UE (U-yi) reminds of GUI (Gu-yi) and ...


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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 (blue). Why use dark ink? As paper color is usually white, a dark color creates contrast. (Contrast was specially useful for faxes) Why use a different color ...


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Short answer: They are meaningless corporate titles applied to people with similar (apparent) skills. They're the same. Long answer: 1- How do human factor specialists and user experience designers differ? It all depends on what definitions you ultimately settle on. I have held both titles of "Human Factors [something]" and "User Experience [something]",...


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"Wireframe deck" is not an industry wide term that refers to a specific presentation format. Your best bet would be to seek a definition from the employer, possibly giving them a few examples so as to illustrate that you've thought the problem through and are looking for clarification. Over on EnglishLanguage.SE a similar question was asked: What is a Deck, ...


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Color blindness may hinder your ability to produce some visual designs and maybe some parts of a 'pretty' UI, as color goes a long way to aesthetic appeal, BUT, as a UX designer I would go so far as to say that you can use color blindness to your advantage. Around 8% of men and .5% of women are color blind, and as a UX designer, it is our job to make sure ...


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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 not being asked about how you feel about the reason for canceling. When you ask people why they cancel a subscription it often has a negative reason: "too ...


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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 right or bottom for LTR) optionally indicate the state of the switch. Here's an example from Windows 10: When you can't afford space, you can wrap the items ...


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I worked with a front-end developer with color blindness in the past. It never was a problem. You may have to check if the used colors are good for the larger group of users, but every UI/UX professional should check how a design looks and works for all kinds of users. No difference in my opinion.


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Do not change what the user enters. Do not assume parts, split into parts, or assemble from parts Present the user with an example how their name will be used Example letter we might send to you: Dear john dOE, It is a great pleasure to hear from you again after all this time ... or We will address packages to you like this: Mrs. Sophie ...


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I'd say no. Some languages have names like "Dirk van Boxtel" or "Sophie van der Pol". Notice how the words in between are not capitalized.


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Trends... There has been a general positive trend over the last 15 years for designers to take on larger and larger scope of responsibilities within the product development process 15 years ago in the "Microsoft" era of formal software development, human-computer interaction, visual design, or information architecture were specific disciplines in ...


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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 can't, you can do any of these: use the contour bias logic to transmit the message. The sharpest, the more dangerous. So, circle: success ; square: warning; ...


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The worst thing to do is to redirect a user to a different page after a time-out. It's best to keep them within the same page and present them with a lightbox that informs them that their session has expired. This gives them the opportunity to re-login to continue working before being redirected to a different page. Regarding the discard of changes, this ...


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Edit: The answer has been accepted but I would like to clarify and improvise a few things here. First, as far as visual styles are concerned, it's better to call it realism as against skeuomorphic. Realism would be a pure visual style. Second, flat styles can be misused resulting in bad UX, which does not mean that all flat designs = bad UX. I agree that ...


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You will be the most precious designer in your company! In my software project, I always struggle to find solid advice about color choices. There are many guidelines and tools to measure how accessible a certain palette is, but applying them is so tedious and explaining the results so difficult. Typically, what works well is to find a color-blind user and ...


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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 by 10% and users are put off by the appearance of shouting. Source Short answer: Regular words and headings shouldn't be capitalized for readability. This ...


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I think Andrew is aligning with the mathematical idea of finding a maximum value of a function. In UX world, the function would be some combination of factors such as 'speed', 'general layout' down to 'colour of button X'. The output of such function is the UX measure. Suppose such measure depends only on one continuous factor, so we can visualise the idea: ...


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According to Jakob Nielsen: The severity of a usability problem is a combination of three factors: The frequency with which the problem occurs: Is it common or rare? The impact of the problem if it occurs: Will it be easy or difficult for the users to overcome? The persistence of the problem: Is it a one-time problem that users can overcome once they know ...


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You really answer this yourself, half-ways: (agency) ... doesn't know the business like we do and can't read our minds. But still, I feel like I'll just be a person that says "yea, that design looks good" or "well, can you move that box over there? It looks better" or "that flow doesn't make sense for our users; re-think it". This is where you come in ...


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1. UE was used before UX This is the first recorded instance of "User Experience" as a job role that I could find and it came from an Apple document from 1995... This office has introduced a new procedure for products, which starts with the creation of a "User Experience Requirements Document" (UERD). -- source: Don Norman, Jim Miller, ...


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I worked with a UX designer with serious color blindness. We would decide the color palette together, then wireframe the product in grayscale. Then using color palette with lighter/darker colors from the palette works pretty harmonious.


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I'm mildly red/green colorblind. As you're probably aware, about 9% of males have some degree of deuteranomaly. If that's your flavor of color blindness, you are absolutely an asset. Your first task is to become the local expert on accessibility, because that's part of UX design. Google 'WCAG 2.0'. https://www.google.com/search?q=wcag+2.0 Within that ...


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