After looking at questions for a while, it seems like things really tend to focus on IxD and some visual design. I get the feeling that if I asked a question about architecture, human factors, or industrial design, my question would be flagged. What qualifies?

Here's a chart that describes UX, and it seems to be the best answer here: http://www.quora.com/Whats-the-difference-between-interaction-design-and-experience-design Do we like this definition of UX? Is this what UX is? Should this be a question on the actual site? (Vs on Meta.)

UX chart

  • Industrial design, HCI and more general human factors are perfectly on topic, though if you want more research based stuff on psychology/HCI stuff you might want to check out Psychology & Neuroscience as well
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 20:23
  • I also disagree with the majority of the HCI bubble being outside the UX bubble.
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 20:24
  • Good to know -- I'll checkout the Cog Sci site. Sounds interesting. And yes, I didn't make the diagram so it's a bit off. But it's a good starting place for conversation. I'm finding it hard to imagine anything HCI related that doesn't fit under UX. Commented Sep 23, 2012 at 21:41

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I think the feeling you get is wrong :)

Off the top of my head:

Why don't most elevator panels let you unselect

Why do ATMs (Cash Machines) display a thank you message for so long?

Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?

Why do most public toilet doors open inwards?

And more generally: , , .

  • Awesome -- thanks for the great links. Commented Sep 23, 2012 at 21:42
  • You're welcome :) Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 6:31

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