The Mobile app development world filled with technologies, processes and terms and still, new things with new names keep arising everyday. This makes it perfectly understandable that sometimes we confuse two things which are related to each other but not the same. Such is the instance of uncertainty between UI and UX design. Many people misinterpret the basic difference between these two and as a result, UI and UX design are used synonymously.
Let us separate UX from UI and have a look at them individually to understand the misunderstood parts of both in the mobile app development companies.
What is UX design?
UX refers to User Experience and User experience refers to a customer’s interaction with a product, operating system, mobile applications or web apps. Therefore, creating a UX means defining the way, an application works or interacts with the user and meets their needs.
A good UX design lets the user navigate through the website easily, even for a first time user. If the user is having trouble with basic functionalities like signing up, changing passwords, finding the logout button, that means there is clearly a complication with the UX.
What is UI Design?
UI means User Interface. The user interface of any system refers to the physical aspects of it. The buttons, columns, link placement, etc. UI is built of visual facets of a product, operating system or application. The development of user interface includes the selection of colors, shapes, designs, images and so on. It defines the ease with which a user interacts with the system and the visual impact of it. It’s very important to maintain the theme and relevance of every element put in the designing of the interface.
How do UX and UI relate to each other?
According to experts in this field, UI is said to be an important subset of UX. Although, there are many heated debates going around the globe among various experts who think that UX and UI are two polar concepts and absolutely different from each other.
Going by this definition of the two, we’ll establish a relationship between the two concepts.
User Experience or UX of any system covers a vast array of things it encompasses, and user interface design and usability are one of those. A UX designer builds a product keeping in mind, not only the look and feel of the product but also the ownership and troubleshooting capabilities. The UX designers keep in my the user’s experience while using the device. It has to be fun along with being efficient and usable, for instance the UX of iPhone.
Since UX design encircles the entire user journey through a product, it’s a multidisciplinary field, that is, UX designers come from a variety of backgrounds such as visual design, programming, psychology and interaction design. Designing for human users also demands heightened sensitivity regarding accessibility and accommodation of many potential users’ physical limitations, such as reading small text or multilingual users. UX designer’s typical tasks often include user research, designing wireframes and interactive prototypes as well as testing designs. These tasks can differ greatly for different companies, but they always demand designers to be the users’ proponent and keep the users’ needs over and above all the design and development efforts.
User Interface is designed after all the research regarding the wireframe of the application is completed. Then, the visual aspects of the application or operating system come into play and the color theme, images, icons, styles are selected and put into place as per the UX of the system. There are numerous do’s and don’ts for both and the designer needs to take care of all.
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