The first thing that comes to my mind when I read UI is the GUI based approach i.e. graphical user interface. That is all I knew before I joined Core Innovative Solutions as a Jr. Web Designer.
We often read the term UI/UX design. In general, it refers to the visual layout of the elements that a user might interact with. UI Design stands for User Interface Design, while UX Design stands for User Experience Design. Both the terms are related to a product but quite different in functionalities.
If you imagine a product as a building, then the design or we can say the view of building is related as UI, whereas what the person experiences by entering into the building is related to UX.
In reality, the term UI design covers a lot more than just the visual layout of elements. Be it a web designer, or a mobile app designer or a product designer, it is equally important for all to stay updated with the trends in UI design.
UI Design (User Interface Design)
It is defined as how you design your product and with how much ease, user will use your product and does he understands your product through your design?
UX Design (User Experience Design)
It is defined as the process in which it is seen that how the user is using your product and whether the user is happy by using your product or he is getting any difficulties?
So, the positive interaction between the product and customer is through UX process.
Responsibalities of UX Designer:
- Research and Analysis: Analyse the products and research for the user needs. Make discussions with users, collects the data and make requirements report.
- Wireframing and Prototype Designing: Generate flow-charts from documentation and transform them into basic layouts (wireframes) and after that in advanced layouts (prototypes) for starting up with the interface designing phase.
- Usability Testing: Test the convenience of product and find out the problems.
Responsibilities of UI Designer:
- Interface Designing: Transform the provided wireframes into the interface designs (overall style and designing).
- Interactive Designing: Modify the design according to user needs by making the use of interactive tools to make the web pages more attractive.
- Interface Testing: Testing of product’s interface is done by user and feedback is taken.
- Amendments in Design: Alterations are done in designing in order to meet with the user requirements.
Foremost Skills UI/UX Designer Should Have:
- Communication Skills: This skill is important for UX Designer as he has to deal with the clients, take of interviews of users and also communicates with his team members. He should be very much convenient in presenting their ideas to others.
- Be Organised: Both UI, UX Designer should be well organised with their work, as these are the members of the team, with whom the project starts. UX designer should be well managed with his documents, while UI designer with his design. If one of these works get not appropriately done, things can get worse for the whole team.
- Interaction with Users: UI/UX Designers should interact with their users as they have to take steps according to the users need, feedback. They should know, what their client is liking and disliking.
- Revising skills: A lot of patience should be present, until the client satisfied with his project, either by doing alterations in document or the design developed.
- Responsive Designing: Giving a product which is every device friendly (responsive) is very important now a days. So you should be very much familiar with CSS, media-queries etc.
Ultimately we can say that both UI/UX Designing have a great future. So if you have an interest in research analysis or designing, you can step into this field and can have great future ahead.