Brief Note On UI Design and UX Design
Design is a broad topic and isn’t restricted to graphic design. The design speaks out in diverse forms like graphic design, textile design, interior design, fashion design, ceramic design, print design, UI Design and UX design and more. In this tech world, new technologies and terms often make their way in all fields and so in the design field as well. The prime term of the software design domain is UI & UX. Though the term UI UX has been around for a while, people are confused by the term UI Design and UX Design. They used to think both are of the same meaning. But UI Design and UX Design are not the same, they are related to each other. UI design and UX design stands for User Interface and User Experience respectively.
“Good design is actually a lot harder to notice than poor design, in part because good designs fit our needs so well that the design is invisible,” - Donald A. Norman, The Design of Everyday Things
UI Design and UX Design Terminologies & Objectives
User Experience (UX) In Specific
UX design means defining the way a product functions and how it meets a user’s needs. A good UX design should be clear, convenient and user-friendly. In the case of the UX design being flexible, it doesn't even get into the notice of the user. User Experience (UX) Designer is like an Architect, the Architect creates blueprints whereas a UX designer creates wireframes. User Experience (UX) Developer knows the target audience, understands their problems, does research and comes up with layouts and structure of the product. Thus the User Experience (UX) Developer gets the wireframes done after having many interactions with the target audience.
User Experience (UX) Designer Goals
- Analyzing and Identifying user problems
- Having a clear insight with the brand objective
- Researching via 1:1 interview, surveys, usability test and more
- Creating a User Persona and User Journey Map with the help of data collected
- Generating Sitemap, User flows, and Wireframe ( Wireframe is the low fidelity representation of your product)
- User Experience (UX) Design is not only about positioning blocks and creating layouts. A great UX makes product simple even for the first-time user.
User Interface (UI) In Specific
User Interface (UI) is how you see a product, the look and the feel they give. UI developer focuses majorly on the appearance of a product and improvising its look. The appearance of a product is the first thing that grabs a user’s attention. User Interface (UI) also plays an important role in a user’s decision, on using the product or leave it. UI developers work on the areas where users directly interact with the product.
"A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good." - Martin LeBlanc
User Interface (UI) Designer Goals
- Design Research - Finding design trends and styles
- Designing the Product - Based on the wireframe. (For web they have to design according to device screen size.)
- Adding interactions and animations
- Establishing the design prototype
- Testing the Prototype - Prototype will be tested with the help of some users to find, whether they face any problem. If they face problem, the design will be iterated.
- Implementation with Developer
"Something that looks great but is difficult to use is exemplary of great UI and poor UX. While Something very usable that looks terrible is exemplary of great UX and poor UI."
There is a huge difference between these two yet a lot of relationships. Both UI design and UX design need to be perfectly executed and aligned with user expectations to create an attractive user experience. Calibraint designs and exhibits UI UX design services at its elegance.