User Interfaces are characterized by the various elements of graphic and visual design that go into designing them. User Experiences are characterized by the many aspects which define the qualitative experience of using a product, including, in part, its User Interface.
The UI of a product is one of the many components which contribute to the particular UX of a product. They are both equally fundamental, however they are not the same, and they are not done by the same people.
UX and UI are pretty different concepts. Moreover, in the big projects, these are also different positions occupied by separate specialists.
We’ll start with UX, which is short for the user experience. If you ask me how I would describe the UX designer’s responsibilities in simple words, I would say that he / she is accountable for how the product feels. In other words, UX is about the convenience of usage, logic in the actions flow, and the relevance of control buttons.
While UX is in charge of the favourable location of buttons, UI (user interface) makes sure that these buttons look pleasing to the eye, an interesting animation appears as you press them, and the background colour doesn’t conflict with the colours of the other elements. UI designers have a big responsibility delegated on their shoulders as he / she takes care of the initial impression that a client receives when your app first launches. As you know, there won’t ever be another chance to improve it.
UX in conclusion:
- User Experience Design is the process of development and improvement of quality interaction between a user and all facets of a company.
- User Experience Design is responsible for being hands on with the process of research, testing, development, content, and prototyping to test for quality results.
- User Experience Design is in theory a non-digital (cognitive science) practice, but used and defined predominantly by digital industries.
User experience deals with:
- user research ( who are we making a product for)
- Understand the business goals and needs ( this can be done through stakeholder interviews, UX competitive analysis etc.)
- creating personas ( getting a deeper understanding of your user’s mental modal)
- Prototyping for your persona ( from low fidelity which is paper prototyping to highest levels of fidelity which are fully interactive user interfaces )
- User testing ( thought the prototyping process as a UX designer you are always searching for user feedback. Does the person we are making this product for understand and need this product? )
These are some of the main stages. In conclusion UX is all about combining the needs of the business and the user to achieve the best solution for both parties while relying on testing.
UI in conclusion:
- User Interface Design is responsible for the transference of a brand’s strengths and visual assets to a product’s interface as to best enhance the user’s experience.
- User Interface Design is a process of visually guiding the user through a product’s interface via interactive elements and across all sizes/platforms.
- User Interface Design is a digital field, which includes responsibility for cooperation and work with developers or code
Some of the popular types of UI Designs these days are:
- Material Design
- Minimalistic Design
- Multipanel Design (Specifically used in iPad designing)
- Flat Design