UI design and UX design are two terms that are most often confused and confused in web and app design. They are usually grouped under one term, UI / UX design, and when viewed from the outside, they seem to describe the same thing.
By the end of this article, you will have a good understanding of what is UI & UX? And how they relate to each other. So let’s get started!
What is UI Design?
“UI” in user interface design means “user interface”. The user interface is the graphical design of the application. It consists of buttons that users click, text that they read, images, sliders, text input fields, and all other elements that the user interacts with. Any kind of visuals, interactions, or animation must be designed.
This work falls on the shoulders of the UI designers. They decide how the application will look. They should choose the color schemes and shape of the buttons – the width of the lines and the fonts used for the text. They need to make sure that every visual element looks the same, both aesthetically and for its intended purpose.
What is UX Design?
UX stands for User Experience. The user experience with an application is determined by how they interact with it. Is the job smooth and intuitive or clumsy and confusing? Do you feel like navigating the app is logical or arbitrary? Does interacting with the app make people feel like they are effectively completing the task at hand, or does it feel like a struggle? User experience is defined by how easy or difficult it is to interact with UI elements created by UI designers.
So UX designers are also preoccupied with the user interface of the app, which is why people don’t understand what the difference between the two is. But while UI designers have to decide what the UI will look like, UX designers are responsible for defining how it works.
They define the interface structure and functionality. How it is organized and how all the parts relate to each other. In short, they design how the interface works. UX design also involves a certain amount of iterative analysis. UX designers will wireframe their interaction with the interface and get user feedback. They integrate this into their projects. UX designers need to have a holistic view of how users prefer to interact with their apps.
How They Work Together
So the UX designer decides how the UI works, and the UI designer decides what the UI looks like. It’s a very collaborative method and the two design teams manage to work jointly together. As the UX team designs the flow of the application, how all the buttons move you through your tasks, and how the interface effectively serves the information users need, the UI team is working on how all of these interface factors will be displayed on the screen.
Let’s say at some point in the design process it was decided that additional buttons need to be added to a certain screen. This will change the way the buttons are organized and may require changing their shape or size. Ongoing communication and collaboration between UI and UX designers help to ensure that the final user interface looks as good as possible, and works efficiently and intuitively.
UI vs. UX: Two Very Different Methods that Work in Harmony
User interface design and user interface design require very different skills, but they are integral to each other’s success. A beautiful design cannot save an interface that is clunky and confusing to navigate, and a shiny, perfectly fitting user interface can be drowned out by a poor visual interface design that performs the app frustrating to use. Both UI and UX design must be flawlessly affected and perfectly aligned with the pre-existing user expectations to create a great user interface/experience. And when these stars match up, the results can be astounding.