UX design and UI design; like lookalike siblings these two are so frequently confused you could be forgiven for mistaking one for the other. The internet doesn’t help either, with confused definitions, and blurred lines between the two roles. Some courses even host UX/UI design courses, leaving students unsure which areas they’ll cover under one banner or another.

From the outside UX and UI design certainly look alike, but don’t be fooled; these two disciplines are by no means interchangeable. Similarly to web developersand UX designers, UX and UI designers also work together within the tech team of a product, but each is responsible for his own very specific set of tasks.

Suffice to say, disagreement on this topic is rife - and natural - but to help you distinguish between the two, let’s take a deeper look at this design couple and see what really tells them apart.

What Is UX design?

UX design (or User Experience Design) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the product.

  • Was it easy to navigate?
  • Did you ever feel lost or confused?
  • How did you know where to click to get to where you needed to go?

This is all part of the user experience, and it’s the job of the UX designer to make this as good as it can be.

What Is UI Design?

UI design (or User Interface design) is focused on the design of the actual interface elements that the user interacts with to accomplish a goal within an application.

Think again to the last application you used.

  • Was there a logical hierarchy to the interface and typography?
  • Was the color scheme consistent?
  • Were there User Interface design patterns that you recognized from other interfaces?

These UI elements are all essential parts of the graphical user interface.

What Do They Have In Common?

Both UX & UI:

  • Have a primary objective of improving customer satisfaction
  • Focus on the user and his/her interaction with a product/service
  • Can be applied to any product

Still unsure of the difference between UX and UI Design? Check out our course pages for even more info!

CareerFoundry UX Design Course

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