The Difference between UX and UI for every designer
Website designing has been getting popular day by day and having a comprehensive knowledge and understanding about the design is necessary before starting any work. Now each web designer has been using UX and UI in their design because they have become one of the fundamentals of website designing.
This article is all about understanding the UX and UI designs and educating the difference between UX and UI for every designer so that they may become able to use them in website designing very efficiently.
What is UX
UX is the abbreviation of User Experience. It is the process in which a relationship is built between the company, products, and customers. It involves developing and improving all the aspects of products from the customer point of view and increasing the trust level of customers on the products of that company.
Their basic target is to tet the products multiple times and create a more valuable as well as useful product that improves the user point of user satisfaction and brings long-lasting effects. It focuses on all the aspects of the product that can attain the user’s attention for example the visual design of the product, the usability of the product and the interaction design, etc.
In short, UX covers all the practical aspects of the product that may help in getting a maximum number of customers based on customer feedback about that product.
What is UI
UI is the abbreviation of User Interface. It only focuses on the outlook of the product and designs int in such a way that may attract a large number of customers. UI design mainly focuses on the contents of the product for example the documents. Text, the image of the product, a video representation of the product, etc. It may also include other forms such as text fields, checkboxes, tags, buttons, and drop-down lists, etc. Designing the best UI of the product demands the creativity of the developer. A developer should have a creative mind by which he can design an appealing as well as the outstanding design of the product which emotionally compels the customers to buy that product. Any product or website designed in the way that it appeals to customers by its fascinating outlook is the best example of a UI design.
Difference between UX and UI
Many people confuse UX and UI and think that they both have the same meaning and functionality. Although their common point of interest is customer satisfaction their methodology differs a lot.
Let's discuss some major differences between UX and UI design:
1. Different Roles
In simple terms, UX shows how the product works while UI represents how the product outlook is. The role of UI is to make any product appealing so that customers may be attracted to it and buy it and the role of UX starts after the buying of the product, it has to show how the real product is. Is it able to please the customer in its quality and functioning or not?
But both of them share the public interest and feedback in such a way that both are dependent on each other. A UI without UX is like throwing an arrow in the air, if there is no UX after UI the product developer does not know whether the product can fulfill its sales goal or not. Similarly, a UX without UI is a quality product without any label or presentable outlook. If there is no UI, a high-quality product will not be able to take its place in the market due to inappropriate labels or dull outlooks.
The key point of their role is to understand that UX is a process of developing a product while UI is the real product present in the market for sale.
One of the major differences between UX and UI is their different use in the practical field. Although you have developed both of them by using different techniques and models, their final presentation is again interlinked.
The model you will use to develop a UX is the model of fidelity and the model used for developing UI is a hi-fi model. Both of them have different working parameters but they are presented in the reverse order. For example, If you are going to present the customers a testing sample you should present them the product visual appearance made by the UI designer while when working on the product outlook to develop UI you need to show the product quality means UX to your developer and ask them to design the product according to its customer feedback.
The key point of the difference in the focus is that UI focuses on product visualization while UX focuses on the back-end development of the product and meeting the customer’s expectations
3. Different Colors
The colors by UX designers are very less for example they mainly use 3 colors which include black, white, and grey while a product designed by UI designers is always colorful because a UI design focuses on making the outlook of the product colorful to make its final design more attractive and grabs public attention through a beautiful and unique label only.
The use of colors by UX is only to confirm the quality of the product or writing the endnote about the final quality of the product which does not need any colorful presentation while the use of colors in UI design is countless because many colors are required to be mixed and presented in a beautiful to make the product outlook unique and different from its competitors.
The key point of the use of colors is that UX does not need many colors to represent itself while UI needs numerous colors to make the product outlook extraordinary.
As the focus and working of UX and UI are different from each other so they should be developed by using different tools. Many tools are available in the online market at very affordable rates and the user needs to select the appropriate tool according to the nature of his work.
For developing a UX design a qualified prototyping tool is required. UX designers will favor a wireframe to save their time and energy and rely on the most efficient tool to test their product in all aspects. The most commonly used tools for UX designing are Mockplus and Axure etc.
In contrast, for developing the UI design a designer needs to use tools that focus on image designing. The use of imaging and sketching tools will help them to create a unique but attractive design for their product label. The examples of the most common tools used for designing UI are Flinto, InVision, etc.
The key point of tool selection is that select the most appropriate tool according to the focus and working methodology of UX and UI designs.
Remember UX is not UI
After a complete discussion on UX and UI, we have come to a point that although UX and UI look the same and are interlinked to each other, they are different based on their theme, function, and working methodology.
In short, UX designs include prototyping, interaction design, and product testing on users. The role of UX is to make product interface useful, it designs the procedure through products, interfaces, and surfaces and helps a businessman to achieve his business goals.
On the other hand, UI design includes only visual design and interaction design. The role of UI is to design the product and make the product interface beautiful and create an emotional connection with the customers.