User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) are two of the most often confused phrase in designing. They’re usually placed and assumed by the people as a single phrase, UI/UX designs.
It’s often difficult to find solid descriptions of the two…
But fear not! By the end of this content, you’ll come to a conclusion of what differentiates these two and clearing that thin passage of confusion upon this.
UX- User Experience
User Experience is a tech abbreviation for “UX”. This experience includes the way a digital product feels to a user while they navigate it, the way the product makes them feel as they use its different features, the ease of product use, and how appealing the user finds the product overall.
UX designers will be in a commanding seat to determine how the user interface and functionality operates, and how it’s organized and how all parts relate to one another. In short, they design how the interface works. If the constructed interface works well and feels smooth, the user will have a good experience but if its the other way round, it is likely to be lousy user experience. The role of a UX designer is to avoid the second scenario.
UI- User Interface
As the tech dictionary defines, User Interface is a visual part of a display screen in which user interacts. It consists of buttons user clicks on, the text they read, the images they view, text entry fields, and the rest of all the items to which the user interacts with. This also includes screen layouts, transitions and any sort of visual element, interactions or animations must be designed by the UI designers. These designers decide, what the application is going to look like, including choice of colour schemes, button shapes, the width of lines, fonts to be used. Generally, UX designing is just a skeleton of an app or a page, but the UI designing is the nervous system, where it brings life into the app or a page.
How do they work together!
So a UX designer decides how the user interface works while the UI designer decides how the user interface looks. This is a very collaborative process, and the two design teams tend to work closely together. As the UX team is working out the flow of the app, how all of the buttons navigate you through your tasks, and how the interface efficiently serves up the information user’s need, the UI team is working on how all of these interface elements will appear on the screen.
Let’s say at some point in the design process it’s decided that extra buttons need to be added to a given screen. This will change how the buttons will need to be organized and could require changing their shape or size. The UX team would determine the best way to lay out the buttons while the UI teams adapt their designs to fit the new layout. Constant communication and collaboration between UI and UX designers help to assure that the final user interface looks as good as it can, while also operating efficiently and intuitively.