UX vs. UI — Abbreviations That Everybody Should Know These Days

Vladimir Krajcovic
Oct 2, 2018 · 6 min read

Don’t Confuse Concepts (UX) with Impressions (UI)

You’ve probably understood that we will speak about designers of digital products, such as websites and applications. Try to imagine yourself as an user of a certain product, which will be, for now, your new bicycle. Like every bicycle, yours also has nice handlebar grips, powerful pedals and a comfortable seat. All these “expressions” represent UI (User Interface). When you try all these attractive “expressions” yourself (sit on the bicycle and enjoy the ride), you get your UX (User Experience). That means, they are two different expressions that can be defined as follows:

What is User Experience?

Even the most modern and best looking product is worthless if it’s causing you trouble instead of making your life simpler. That’s why we consider UX as an inseparable part of new digital products or strategies designing. The ideal example for explaining this problem is the following picture that proves that even the best design is nothing if it doesn’t take user experience into account.

There is a Long Way Leading to Perfect Experience

And how does this all work in practice? Now that we know that every successful digital product is created by honest work of UI and UX designers, we can compare the whole process to one big glacier made of five parts.

And What do Practitioners Think?

A very interesting and inspiring opinion on the given problematics was given by Clayton Yan, a popular designer that explains the whole problem using the example of a house construction project:


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Vladimir Krajcovic

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Graphic designer. Minimalism lover. Founder of Naum studio. Father of Calmind.com and TeeVeeApp.com

Naum studio

Naum is a multi-disciplinary design and development studio based in Slovakia. We solve complex challenges with simple solutions.