UX Design vs UI Design — What’s The Difference?

So, first and foremost, these two concepts must be defined. UX design, or user experience design, is focused with the whole experience, whereas UI design, or user interface design, is focused with the aesthetics.

Consider a smartphone app that you use every day. A UX designer assisted in determining what features would be included in that product, how they would perform, and how you would feel when using it. A user interface designer would have contributed to the creation of that mobile app, but they would have considered how things appear while you’re using them, how much space there is between things, how they’re laid out, how much information is on each screen, and where to put things so they’re easy to click on, so it still sounds complicated. What we use is designed by both UX and UI designers, but let’s split it down to make it a little clearer.

A lot of various aspects go into user experience, user interface, and user experience. There are several factors that go into how you experience anything, including how you feel where you are, what your reasons are in the moment you’re doing it, what happens when you do something, and what the reaction is. Let’s have a peek at the word interface now. Consider a remote control with buttons. An interface is a specific device with which you make one or more interactions.

Let’s take a closer look at the specific activities that a UX and UI designer performs.
So a UX designer starts with research, knowing people, understanding consumers, performs some concepting, workshopping to test new ideas, come up with different concepts to try and address the user problems to try and improve the user’s experience. From there, the UI designer takes over and provides a clear visual representation of all of these thoughts and ideas that need to be aesthetically set out so that a user can see what they require.

To do so, consider Spotify as an example and consider what sections the UX designer would have done and what parts the UI designer would have done when working on the Spotify app to better show what we’re talking about. We look at the screen where a song playlist is playing, and the UX designer would have had a role in determining how playlists function and what customers desire from them. How many songs should be in a playlist, and how do we get more music into the playlist? The UI designer’s job would be to take all of that and make it crystal clear precisely what those things are and how they operate.

So, while UX and UI designers frequently collaborate on the same projects and at the same time, their responsibilities are vastly different. The UX designer is in charge of the entire experience, assisting with thoughts and methods to improve the user’s experience, while the UI designer is in charge of graphically displaying all of this thoughts and ideas in a way that the user understands.

The relationship between the conceptual and visual work is where we see the work of the UX and UI designers actually overlapping. So a UI designer may undertake some conceptual wire-framing before moving on to the more actual visual work, while a UX designer may be tasked with bringing their thoughts, wireframes, and mock-ups into a more final visual state in some positions and firms.That’s why some jobs are called UX / UI designer because some companies want you to do bits of both, but it’s critical to understand the difference so you can choose the profession and career path that’s right for you. There are very different responsibilities within these two roles, so you might do bits of both, but you can really decide which one fits you best so you can choose the career path that’s right for you.

When comparing UX and UI design, there are some significant variations in how you will work and spend your time as a UX designer. You’ll undoubtedly interact with people a lot, working with users and colleagues, running workshops, and taking part in collaborative activities, but with UI design, you’ll have more duties that are solely your responsibility, and you’ll have more time to sit and ponder and do a little extra work on your own. In UX design, you look a lot more at the big picture, the big insights, the overall view, and you really get to unravel the mysteries and the beginnings of problems, whereas in UI design, you really get to see things through to the end and put the final finishing touches on everything. In UX design, there’s a lot of listening, observation, and patience, which can be very rewarding, whereas in UI design, there’s a lot more deep focus on the detailed visual work.



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