Yes, the two go hand-in-hand but they’re very different.
UX design is a human first way of designing products. It’s all about the user’s interaction or experience with a product or service. It asks some questions like,
UX can cover everything from physical product to digital experiences like online shopping or swiping through an app.
UI is what you use to interact with the product and it focuses on the user’s visual experience.
UI design covers all the screens and visual interactive touch points that the user moves through when navigating from A to B.
Imagine a product as the human body, the bowings would be the code that gives the body its structure.
The organs represent the UX design measuring and optimizing against input for supporting life functions.
UI design represents the cosmetics of the body its presentation its sensors and reactions.
UX is focused on the user’s journey to solve a particular problem, UI design is focused on how a product surfaces or interfaces look and function.
Consider an e-commerce website,
Then, they use their findings to design a product that puts the user first.
Empathy is absolutely crucial as the UX designer really needs to be able to put themselves in the user’s shoes.
The UX designer works out what journey the user is trying to complete and maps out user flows. They then create wireframes and prototypes which are tested and iterated until the final design is ready. Unlike UI design it has nothing to do with visuals or making things look good.
Unlike UX design, user interface design focuses specifically on the user’s visual interactive experience.
How does the user interact with the product interface?
How do they get from one screen to another and what happens when they click this button or tap that image?
UI designers, design every single screen an interactive touch point that the user encounters.
They consider the layout of each page and the spacing between every element. They design buttons, scroll bars and slides working with color palettes and typography.
Just like UX designers, UI designers will create mock-ups and prototypes to see how the final product will look.
In a nutshell, UI design is all about the presentation look and feel of the product. Of course, the UI of a product has a huge impact on the user’s overall experience. However, UI is much more closely related to visual communication and graphic design.
Essentially the UI designer takes the bare-bones blueprint from the UX designer and turns it into something aesthetically pleasing and interactively seamless.
Having explored both UX and UI in more detail we can see that they’re very different.
UX is highly analytically rooted in psychology and cognitive behavior. It’s all about problem-solving and understanding how the user takes. UI is much more focused on the visuals on whether or not the product is aesthetically and interactively pleasing.
UX ensures that the user can open an app or website and easily do what they weren’t there to do whether it’s ordering a pair of shoes checking their bank balance or tracking their calorie intake.
UI is a chance to make a real emotional connection with the user. Ultimately UX is a huge concept that applies to everything. It’s the entire experience that the user has with a product or brand.
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