UI / UX

Web design or application design, in either cases UI/UX design is the most important part. However, some people often confuse with the two terms. We often even say the terms together like he/she is an UI/UX designer. UI stands for User Interface while UX stands for User experience.

From the name, we can understand that UI is the design and UX is what we feel or how we feel about the design. In one word, what you see in a website or app is UI. It’s like a dress. All UI doesn’t contain good UX. An UI without UX is simply called visual design.

On the other hand, UX is a broader term. What you feel or experience from a website or application, how is it is to use, how pleasing it is to eyes is what UX is about. UX is the backbone. You can satisfy a client with better UX. UI falls among the steps of UX. UX has 4 steps.

First one is, Information Architect which means collecting information. Why a visitor came to your website or using your application, collecting this is known as information Architect. Presenting what visitor is looking for will serve the purpose of a website or application. So when you do information Architect, you should put those information in the most visible part of your page that users are looking for.

Second step is, Planning. After collecting the information, planning is very crucial. You must plan before you design website or application.

The third step is, Wire Framing. This refers to sketch the plan in papers. These days several tool is available for wire framing as well. You must draw a sketch of what you have planned.

Fourth step is, Prototyping. This means to test the prototype which is used by the users. For example, you can ask users to test the prototype and take their opinion and improve.
Once you are done with the above steps, you can carry it on to UI.

If the UX is good, UI might matter a little. You might have a great UI of a website or an application but if it’s hard to use or hard to find what visitors are trying to find then the UX is poor which reduces the value of the UI as well. The easier it is to use, more beneficial it is. Complicated UI will never serve a fruitful result if the UX is not good. Some might say that UI is tangible while UX is intangible because UX is what user experiences while UI is what user interacts with.

From this discussion, it’s clear that UX is far more important than UI. UI is pointless if it doesn’t give better UX. Take Facebook for example, it doesn’t have a complex UI or anything, rather it has great UX which is the reason Facebook is so popular and successful. So, you can understand that you cannot just say UI or UX as both are quite different. It’s meaningless to find similarity on this question, what is that car and what is the color of that car? So when before you start creating a website or designing an application you must always put the users first.

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