UI stands for’ users interface’ and refers to the graphical layout of an application. The UI Designer is responsible for the look and feel of all visual, interactive or animated elements. This can be buttons, text, images, navigation, screen layout, transitions, etc. They ensure the application’s interface is attractive and functional, and adheres to brand guidelines.
UX is user experience and denotes how a user will think about and interact with an application. UX Designers tend to work proactively and reactively to research user needs and match them with business goals to create usable, intuitive interfaces. They are concerned with functionality and usability, as well as the psychology of the people interacting with a solution. They ensure the application operates in a way that is clear, simple and functional.
Usability Testing / Iteration
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HOW DO THEY WORK TOGETHER?
UX and UI design are often incorrectly assumed to be the same thing. While there are obvious similarities between the two, what you actually need is a UX Designer and a UI Designer working in harmony with each other. The UX Designer will provide the input to the UI Designer’s work. They align the user needs, business needs and technical requirements and it’s their job to fully understand the user in order to design how the application will be engaged with. The UI Designer is responsible for the detailed design of the interface, making sure that the information structure and the flow of interaction meet the UX goals. It should be a fully collaborative process, requiring constant communication between the two roles, business owners and stakeholders, and the development team in order to iterate on designs.