UI vs UX Design – What’s the difference

From the day first, both UI and UX are remained confusing terms in web and mobile design. Why too much confusion? Is it possible to distinguish these terms in a simple way? Yes, of course, it is super easy. I’m going to differentiate and explain these terms in this article. Also, I’ll introduce many great resources for you to learn UI & UX designing, that may leads you to get a great job or start your own business.

Let's start with simple. I have designed an infographics that makes it super easy to understand UI/UX:

What is UI Design?

“UI” stands for “user interface”. The user interface is about the “look” of an application. A graphical representation, which includes buttons, colour scheme, text, images, slider and all the rest of items the user interacts with.

Do you want to be a UI Designer? That’s great! You just have to work on the following major skills set:
- Graphic Design
- Visual Design
- Typography
- Color Selection

UI Resources:

There are various resources on internet that may help you to learn these skills. I’m revealing some of my favourite resources:


What is UX Design?

“UX” stands for “user experience”. It means, how a user interact with a website/app. How smoothly a user can use it? Is there any confusion in user’s mind will interacting with it? All these questions (and many more related) falls in UX Design.

Do you want to be a UX Designer? Awesome! There are some skills required to be a best UX Designer:
- User Researcher
- Wire Framing
- Prototyping
- Process Flow

UX Resources:

Here are some selected resources to learn UX from scratch to advanced:

They Both Work Together? How?

Yes, they always work together.

While designing a mobile app or a website, designer should consider both of these areas(UI and UX). UX determines how a user interface “WORK” and UI determines how a user interface “LOOK”.


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January 29, 2020

Hi, I can't agree with your opinion (because this article is just your opinion and it's not always " super easy" to draw a line between UX and UI). As you said UI stands for User Interface, so from m'y point of view, everything that implies a work on the interface belong to the UI : wireframing is (low def) interface, prototyping is (dynamic) interface. On the other hand, the UX is in charge of the User experience of a service (not only an app). His job is to analyse the process of use and the User's needs when using the service. The solution to this needs could be a new app or adding New features. With this infos, the UI can now work on the interface with the vision of the solution he has to design. To be short, your article is only about UI job. The UX is on another level (research & analysis). Kind regards. Alec (senior UI for brands such as Société Générale, Air France or BFMTV)

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