Basics of user experience & user interface design
People often get confused about the real meaning of both user interface (UI) and user experience (UX), sometimes both are assumed to be the same, and sometimes it is assumed that both do not relate in any way. Basics of user experience & user interface design give you a clear explanation of what user experience & user interface design is, the relationship between them, and their differences.
Yuusuf Oyelola Oladipo
Hello everyone, my name is Yuusuf Oyelola Oladipo. Welcome to my first article, I’ll be writing about the Basics of UI & UX Design. I hope that you enjoy it!😇
Let’s get started with what Design, User Experience, and User Interface are;
Design: This includes all processes involved in visualizing and preparing sketches or plans to create objects. It applies to creating products, interfaces, services, and processes among others.
“Design is how it works” - Steve Jobs
User Experience: It is also called UX, it refers to a user’s perception towards a product or the user’s feeling when using the product. From this, we can easily deduce that UX design is simply the process of creating a product that is accessible and easy to interact with.
“UX is focused on the user’s journey to solve a problem; UI is focused on how a product’s surfaces look and function.”
- Ken Norton, Partner at Google Ventures, Ex-Product Manager at Google
User Experience design is all about fulfilling the user’s needs while making the point of contact between the user and the product as frictionless as possible. It drives users' commitment to such a product. UX design is all about identifying and solving user problems.
User Interface: UI is often used as an acronym for User Interface. UI is the point of interaction between users and a particular product. Unlike UX, the user interface is a strictly digital term.
Examples of UI are the touchscreen on your smartphone or the touchpad you use to select what kind of coffee you want from the coffee machine.
“Good design is good business.”
- Thomas Watson Jr., CEO, IBM
Hence, UI design refers to the entire process involved in the transformation of a product’s research, content, and layout into a captivating, directional, and responsive experience for users. UI design is all about creating intuitive, aesthetically-pleasing, interactive interfaces.
UI design and UX design involve very different skill sets, but they are integral to each other’s success. A beautiful design can’t save an interface that’s clumsy and confusing to use, and a superb user experience can be ruined by a bad interface design that makes using the product displeasing.
Both UI and UX designs need to be executed and perfectly aligned with pre-existing user expectations to create a superb product.
A combination of great UX and UI is always the best solution but having both is a repetitive process that requires consistent user research and analysis.
“UI is the saddle, the stirrups, and the reins. UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse.”
-Dain Miller, Web Developer
Hopefully, this article has gone some way to give you an insight into UX and what UI is all about.
What we’ve covered today is just the tip of the iceberg; there’s a lot more to both UX and UI which I will be discussing in my subsequent articles.
What sparked your interest in UI or UX? Let me know in the comment section!
Yuusuf Oyelola Oladipo