gef05
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Do I have the skills for UX?
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You'll probably get some excellent posts about resources etc, so I'm going to post as someone who has sat more on the hiring side of the fence for years. Regarding resume, cover letter, interview, ...

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What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme?
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why this color scheme is not widely used? Good question without an obvious answer. You could claim all sorts of trends are involved, but I think it would be a brave move to accept any one reason for ...

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Sending a formatted email vs. sending a PDF as attachment
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Michael - I spent a couple of years working for one of the larger email marketing firms, and from their excellent design (and deliverability) teams I learnt a couple of things about this issue: --...

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Do manufacturers of markers produce different shapes for each type (whiteboard/permanent) so you can tell the difference by touch?
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I've never heard of manufacturers producing different shapes to differentiate, but there is a workaround that many teachers know about: --When you buy dry erase markers buy fat ones --When you buy ...

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What is the impact of spelling mistakes for users?
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Abdul, there is one other thing to be aware of. There are many established websites with high visitor counts that contain spelling and grammatical errors - but a spelling mistake on those sites is ...

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Whats the best way to present interface ideas to stakeholders?
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I've found the most important thing is to set expectations. Stakeholders, especially those who are decision makers, tend to expect polished presentations, and so the idea of something being presented ...

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Is it good practice to warn users that capslock is enabled when entering passwords?
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While it is true that many sites and applications don't use the capslock capture, the idea has been around for years (especially amongst enterprise level applications). Regarding your question ...

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Are there any studies that show the quickest mental processing for capitalization of header menu items for a website.
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I could go on at length about this but here is not the proper forum (former life = education consultant in the area of language acquisition (LA), and LA delays). So, in short: As function of the text ...

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You, Me, or Joe Soap
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My preference is to use the name. Seeing "You" (or other pronouns) in the list causes that slight cognitive jar that I don't care for. I'm looking through a list of names, I'm anticipating seeing a ...

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What do you wish you had known before your first ever user evaluation workshop?
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One: You cannot anticipate every way in which users interact with your prototypes. Two: You will be disheartened at least once during a testing session. Three: Check your ego at the door. Four: It ...

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Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?
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No site is "100% perfect". Be realistic: sites iterate over time where you release, receive feedback, develop, release, etc. There is always room for improvement. That aside, you ask how to know when ...

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How many objects/things can the average person compare at once?
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First some clarification of the working memory theory. Miller never said that people can only keep seven things (+/- 2) in their short term memory. His paper was about working memory (an entirely ...

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Background images in input boxes
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It's good to provide feedback - it confirms for the user that they are making progress and that the system is still alive. I'd move it out of the field and to the right (sorry Benny). I'm assuming ...

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While designing web forms, should the buttons be left-aligned or right-aligned?
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Kartik, This is an old chestnut on which debate has persisted for years. I recommend you start by looking at this thread and exploring some of the resources it links to: What are the best practices ...

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Is it worth paying to read ISO 9241-110:2006 - Ergonomics of human-system interaction -- Part 110: Dialogue principles
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does reading the actual ISO document add anything? Yes and no. Yes: If you work in a highly standardised and controlled environment (especially an environment where it is taxpayer money being spent) ...

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Difference between Requirements Engineering and Usability Engineering
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what do you think are the main differences in methodology between "Requirements Engineering" and "Usability Engineering" Personally, I would not separate these out. I spend a lot of time acting as a ...

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Should I use a timer on a registration page to reserve seats?
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Have the count-down happen silently, and at the end of the 10 minutes display the pop-up message I don't think users will like getting a surprise like this. It's akin to rubbing salt into the ...

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Courtesy email, is it always good?
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I can't point you to any studies on this, but I can speak about being part of a leading email service provider and what I learnt there. Basically, yes, courtesy emails are generally useful. They ...

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Requirement gathering in absence of user involvement?
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For various reasons I have to deal with this issue almost constantly. What we do here is: From the outset make it clear to the team that the subject matter experts and the domain experts will be ...

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Showing how many users voted that a comment was helpful
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Users are more likely to trust a site and a product if there are signs of activity surrounding both. The numbers, for various reasons, help to create that sense of trust. Two random additional ...

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References about error and warning sounds in an industrial environment
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Nikko, If you're looking for a good, general overview of the use and affect of "auditory icons" and "earcons", this is a good read: http://www.nordiskergonomi.org/nes2007/CD_NES_2007/papers/...

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What's a catchy name for "overly complex, barely designed interface"?
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I've heard the phrase "What a 1040" used before. (FYI non-US folks: Form 1040 = US tax return.)

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Using color in wireframes...is this a "no no"?
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I have gone from grey-scale to full colour and back again. I find full-colour tends to be a real distraction to the discussions that need to happen. On a side note, I just happen to be on a project ...

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multiple search boxes
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An old but worthwhile article by Nielsen about multiple searches says: What matters [...] is not the implementation, but the user experience. Regarding your observation about different ...

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UX & Usability resources for web?
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A quick list of some of my standard resources. There are many more out there: For questions and answers on UX, there's this very site: https://ux.stackexchange.com/ Of different intent, but a ...

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Should people be able to change their usernames?
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In short: It depends. Option One if it's a less formal/professional site, Option Two if more formal/professional oriented. I like option one. The various user groups I've worked with pay little or no ...

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What is the value of interface layout and its impact on the overall user experience?
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This University of Melbourne study found a correlation between "attractive" design and trust. They found that users are starting to interact with websites in much the same way that they interact with ...

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User experiences and double click for selection?
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"can I use double click for selection, if yes why " Yes, because you can do anything you please - I mean, why settle for double-click, how about triple-click? But just because you can do something is ...

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Why is everybody using Facebook, is it good marketing or good usability?
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"Is it good marketing or good usability?" This is way too narrow a reading of the situation. As phinetune implies, popularity of sites like Facebook are driven by a complex range of factors - work on ...

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What is a wireframe?
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There are already a couple of good answers to your essential questions, so I'll just add a couple of cautionary notes: Be wary of requests like "can you add some colour?" or "let's make it pretty". ...

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