User interface and user experience are two words that you hear mentioned frequently in tech circles. But what do the terms mean, and what does it mean to be a UX or UI designer?
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how the roles of UX designer and UI designer overlap and differ, and how to know which you should pursue. Finally, we’ll discuss options for getting started, even if you don’t have a degree or previous experience.
UI and UX
Developing a product that people love often requires both good UI and good UX. for example, you could have a banking app that looks great and has intuitive navigation. But if the app loads slowly or makes you click through numerous screens to transfer money, it doesn’t matter how good it looks. You are probably not going to want to use it.
On the other hand, a website could be loaded with unique, helpful content organized in a logical and intuitive way. But if it looks dated or your can not easily figure out how to move between screens or scroll through options, you are likely to click away from the site.
UX Designer UI Designer
Interaction Designer Visual Designer
Charts the user pathway Chooses color and typography
Plans information architecture Plans visual aesthetic
Expert in wire frames, prototypes, Expert in mock ups, graphics, layouts
Is there such a thing as a UI/UX designer?
Search for UX on job listing sites, and you are likely to find companies looking for UI/UX designers. Some companies do sometimes look for candidates with both sets of skills. But often when you start looking more closely at these listings, you’ll the role leans more towards one than the other.
How do I know if UI or UX is a better fit for me?
Both UI and UX design are well-paying careers that are in demand. Which you choose to pursue will depend on your goals and interests. If you are interested in technology, thrive on variety, and love to solve problems, user experience design might be a good fit. If you are a creative thinker with a strong aesthetic sense, consider pursuing user interface design.
Read More: A Beginner Guide to UX and UI Design
Other user experiences Roles
The field of UX extends beyond the two roles of UI and UX designers. If you are interested in a career in UI/UX, consider these other related roles as well.
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