UI and UX are two aspects of the same product. UX stands for User Experience, and UI stands for User Interface. A perfect digital product is created when both are combined. It is concerned with how a product will be perceived by its users. Meanwhile, UI refers to the look of the products – the layouts and designs.
Most of the time, UX and UI work together, as they are interconnected. The UI or design must be easy for users to use. Testing and ensuring the ease of use of a product is part of the UX process. You might need to change the UI if the UX is not good.
A UX designer observes whether a product is functional and a UI designer ensures that it looks good. As an example, suppose you want to purchase a chair. If the chair makes any sense, a UX designer will examine it. Does it feel comfortable to sit on? The chair seems to support your weight. Can you lean on it easily? How is the cushioning? Are there armrests on it? In what way does this chair meet your requirements?To ensure the best user experience, UX designers must take these factors into account.
A UI designer will examine the chair’s design to determine if it is attractive. Are there other pieces of furniture in the house that go with it? Do you think the color is too bright or too dull? These are the things a UI designer is responsible for.
Let’s get back to the actual work of UX/UI designers. Surely, products for UX/UI designers do not include chairs. The products or systems they work on are mostly digital. A user experience designer might work on a physical product as well. As such, UI designers are always focused on the digital user interface of a software or system.
UX designers are responsible for ensuring that a system is easy to understand and easy to use. They place buttons, navigation bars, content, etc., in places that are user-friendly. UI designers design interfaces that are soothing or alluring depending on the product. Whether the theme matches the client’s persona, whether the design is attractive and interactive, etc.