The Difference between UI and UX

codeschoolafrica November 10, 2020 0 Comments

Not everyone knows the difference between UI and UX, but what many of us may know is that they are often used in the same sentence. To find the difference between User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX), it is necessary to know what both concepts mean.

What is UI ?

User Interface (UI) is simply anything users will have to interact with in order to use a digital product or service. This is everything from screens and touchscreens, keyboards, sounds, and even lights. It also includes with traditional concepts like visual design elements, colours and typography.

What is UX?

User experience, which is abbreviated as UX, developed as a result of the improvements to UI. UX is the user’s experience which comes after UI, this experience could be positive, negative, or neutral. It deals with how users feel  about interactions.

The difference between UI and UX

  • Just as mentioned in the above definitions, at a basic level, UI is made up of elements that allows users to interact with a product or service. While UX is what the user interacting with such products or services leaves from the entire experience.
  •  UI deals with the quality of the interaction that the user has with the product or service while UX involves the purpose and functionality of the product.
  • UI design has an artistic components because it involves the design, visuals and interface with the product. This in turn affects the users’ senses; what the user sees, hears, and feels. Meanwhile, UX has a social component for market research and helps to understand what the users feel and need. It can simply be compared to feedback.
  • UI has a technical component to it, this is sometimes required to produce designs for a product or service, UX concentrates on project management and analysis through the entire phase of ideation, development, and delivery

With the above comparisons, it can be deduced that UI is concerned with the appearance while UX focusses on experience. A figurative example is UI being a person’s looks and UX being the personality of the person.

On a website page, A UI designer works on how the page is laid out, where things should go and colours to be used and other things such as; product design, graphic arts, copywriting and prototyping. The User Experience is the interactive side on the website, it also handles architectural aspects like the context and the site map.

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