IT is a different world populated with strange entities, terms and such, but it doesn’t mean they are hard to fathom for the people outside the IT world.
Think of merging two different worlds; IT and Design. That’s when you start understanding the not-so-complicated world of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design. These two are often used interchangeably by people without really understanding what it does, especially to its users and how it works together.
Now, we will differentiate UX and UI to end the unwarranted debate.
|USER EXPERIENCE (UX)||USER INTERFACE (UI)|
|“A user’s experience of the app is determined by how they interact with it. Is the experience smooth and intuitive or clunky and confusing? Does navigating the app feel logical or does it feel arbitrary? Does interacting with the app give people the sense that they’re efficiently accomplishing the tasks they set out to achieve or does it feel like a struggle? User experience is determined by how easy or difficult it is to interact with the user interface elements that the UI designers have created.” (medium.com)||“The user interface is the graphical layout of an application. It consists of the buttons users click on, the text they read, the images, sliders, text entry fields, and all the rest of the items the user interacts with. This includes screen layout, transitions, interface animations and every single micro-interaction. Any sort of visual element, interaction, or animation must all be designed.” (medium.com)|
• Despite their difference in definition and the actual job that they do, they work hand-in-hand in serving the end-users or the audience in having an efficient and unforgettable experience.
• These two works like one working on the back (UX) and one on the front (UI).
|UX Designers are concerned about how the interface operates. What is its structure? How about the functionality? Is it logical to put this button here? Are these parts all related to one another?||UI Designers are basically graphic designers so knowledge on graphic design is absolutely a must. They are in charge of the overall look and visual elements of the interface. Users must feel a particular emotion just by looking at the interface, just like how graphic design works with the content.|
|HOW IT WORKS||HOW IT LOOKS|
• It is also important to note that UI is just a subset of UX. UX design is a more general and bigger field and UI is one of its subcategories. UX involves technical research and strategy, wire framing and A/B testing. UI focuses more on making apps look attractive or aesthetically pleasing.
• Their size as a field shouldn’t be taken as competition as both of them works complementary.
The field of UX and UI design were the products of the modern era and the dynamic society where businesses adapt to modern channels. Through this, they can market their product and interact with their target audience more efficiently than the traditional ways.