User Interface versus User Experience, who wins?

First of all, THERE IS NO COMPETITION. In the world of design, there are a few well-known debates that are never quite settled. One of the big ones is the difference between user interface design and user experience design.

While countless analogies explain how these two design concepts fit together, pinning down a definitive answer has proved pretty much impossible.

It’s common for folks to use these terms interchangeably, or sometimes incorrectly. If you’ve ever wondered, “What is UI, what is UX, and what’s the difference between them?” in today’s post we’ll dig a bit deeper into UI and UX to get a better understanding of the differences between them.

What is UI?

Simply put, user interface (UI) is anything a user may interact with to use a digital product or service. This includes everything from screens and touchscreens, keyboards, sounds, and even lights.

Now UI design can be define as the process of transforming wireframes into a polished graphical user interface. This both enhances a product’s usability and creates an emotional connection between the end-user and a product.

A user experience (UX) is therefore made up of many user interfaces (UI), which come together in a seamless flow to form a product.

So therefore we can define the limits of UI in a much more tangible way than UX, as its focus is in the name: interfaces. The overall effect of a sequence of interfaces and all the less tangible parts of a product experience beyond that make up the user experience, but UI is purely concerned with the design of individual screens or interfaces on a user’s journey.

In today’s world UI designer has nearly limitless opportunities to work on websites, mobile apps, wearable technology, and smart home devices, just to name a few. As long as computers continue to be a part of daily life, there will be the need to make the interfaces that enable users of all ages, backgrounds, and technical experience can effectively use.

What is UX?

User experience (UX) can be referred to as a result of the improvements to UI. This involves the design of the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, design, usability and function.

Once there is something for users to interact with, their experience, whether positive, negative, or neutral, changes how users feel about those interactions.

So that means the concept of UX design is about understanding the overall journey of your users, the entire experience someone has with your product from start to finish and turning it into a product.

In other words, UX design is majorly concerned with the overall user-friendliness of an entire customer journey.

What’s the difference between UI and UX?

At the most basic level, UI is made up of all the elements that enable someone to interact with a product or service. UX, on the other hand, is what the individual interacting with that product or service takes away from the entire experience.

Let’s take Google, for example. Its famously Spartan interface highlights how a great experience doesn’t require bells and whistles. By focusing on the user, Google knows that when they come to the site, they’re after one thing: information. And they want it quickly.

The fact that ‘google’ is a widely accepted verb shows how well the company delivers on that experience—and expectation. Just about anything a person has ever wanted to know can be accessed in the blink of an eye and few other search engines survive today.

Now imagine that every time you searched on Google, it took 15 seconds to get a result—you’d no longer be able to instantly get an answer to your question. Even if the interface stayed the same, your experience with Google would be dramatically different.

Despite the differences, UI and UX are not entirely separate entities. On the contrary, both elements are crucial and work closely together to determine how a product will look and function, with each one influencing the other.

UI/UX can be considered the new frontier of the tech world as it is at the very fore front of every new invention, creation and eventual production of any product.

As well-known designer (Jason Olge) once said

UI is the bridge that gets us where we want to go, UX is the feeling we get when we arrive.”

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