The Difference Between UX & UI--Which One Is Right For You?

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Serban
over 2 years agoJanuary 21, 2015
isn't it supposed to be "our", not "out"?
Laura
over 2 years agoJanuary 21, 2015
Indeed! Fixed, thanks for the comment!
Yaya
over 2 years agoFebruary 3, 2015
So does a UX designer ever have to come up with the concept of what the actual visualization of a website will look like, or is that more towards UI?
Laura
over 2 years agoFebruary 5, 2015
Hey Yaya, there are a whole lot of "well it depends" answers to that question. On the team, on the designer, on the expecations of the client, etc. 

I would generally say this however, UX design is responsible for guiding and testing the outcomes, so in one regard, yes. They are responsible for the wireframes which determine the visual layout of information, they are responsible for testing colors and fonts (as much as the UI person is responsible as well) and ensuring that what ever has been designed is working.
However, in terms of the visual branding, the creative and interactive elements of a website, that is the core responsibility of the UI designer.

Does that make sense?

Thanks for your question!
MÅNEMANN3
11 months agoDecember 4, 2016
The creative and interactive elements are pure UI? If a UX designer improves the experience of a product, how can he/she not be responsible for the interaction, as a great amount of the experience of a website consists of interacting with it, right? And to say that a UX designers work is not creative is very arguable, I'd say.

I think, what you mean is, that a UX designer doesn't make the visual design of interactive elements like buttons and such, and you consider this as a more classical creative procedure. Am I right?
Varsha
over 2 years agoJune 8, 2015
Super useful video. Its like what Einstein said: "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.". I don't think there's a simpler way to differentiate both.
Farheen
over 2 years agoJuly 2, 2015
01:41:19
hi,i have just started  learning UI/UX,so i think what you said in this video is  little difficult for me right now but i hope i will get it soon ,so plsszzz give me some suggestion for  UI/UX.
Ahsan Naveed
almost 2 years agoNovember 6, 2015
I am a UX design student. I have suggestion for this page. Would you please make your logo on this page as such if a user clicks on the logo it should take them to home page of CF. I hope my suggestion would be helpful :)
MÅNEMANN3
11 months agoDecember 4, 2016
True that! :)
Michael
almost 2 years agoNovember 18, 2015
not quite well explain it, you should explain it with graph as you do the lecture.
still to zero.
Marie
almost 2 years agoNovember 26, 2015
Thank you, I am definitely on the right path. Simple, clean...:)
Matthew
almost 2 years agoJanuary 8, 2016
Good video, nice and clear. 
Might want to have some direct links under the video to more indepth overviews of each topic individually. 
Thanks again,
Leycos
almost 2 years agoJanuary 10, 2016
Hi! Thank you for the video, it's very usefull!
Keith
over 1 year agoMarch 12, 2016
Excellent video for my initiation.  Thank you very much and keep up the good work!
Haridas
over 1 year agoMarch 15, 2016
Thank you so much. :)
Anonymous
over 1 year agoMarch 18, 2016

webdevite
over 1 year agoMarch 18, 2016
Great video. Socially inclined, UX; visually inclined, UI. That simple though the overlaps still exist and will continue to be until....
Anonymous
about 1 year agoAugust 18, 2016
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Anonymous
about 1 year agoAugust 22, 2016
Can I get this course in Spanish?
Marlon
about 1 year agoSeptember 20, 2016
Hi, I have a question. You talk about UX and UI design like there two compleetly different things. But if were looking at for example a website, is it not the point that you do research towards the users first so you can find out what they want, like, feel. So you can then improve the website in the terms off UX? And in doing so you can improve the UI aswell on the design aspect?

I would love to know more about this subject, since I am working on improving a application atm in which the use of UX is very important.
Nik
12 months agoOctober 24, 2016
Love that you emphasize the social element of UX here.  While I feel like I am visually minded (and thought this meant that UI would be more up my alley), I do appreciate the customer-focus and analytic elements of what little UXD I've attempted to do, and look forward to learning more about what long term user research actually is. Great video!
Christian
11 months agoNovember 22, 2016
Yash! UX for life =)
Anonymous
10 months agoDecember 8, 2016
Thank you for the extensive explanation!!! Crystal clear now!
Niloo
10 months agoJanuary 3, 2017
Short and brief. Well said, Thanks!
Michele
9 months agoJanuary 10, 2017
Very well explained! Would you say that UX design is related to or the same as "Engineering Psychology?" What is the university route to a career in UX design? Psychology? Cognitive Science?
Fiyin Adebayo
9 months agoJanuary 21, 2017
Awesome article, detailed and well written! This helped clear a lot of mix up in my UI and UX understanding.
Emil
9 months agoJanuary 25, 2017
Thanks for the video! Now I see why designing the visual elements of a website has always been so hard for me while understanding the logic and path behind the user experience with that same website (and how they "feel" the website while they walk around it)has always come easier. Connecting the dots.. :)
Regards.
Maggie
6 months agoApril 27, 2017
I find that employers are totally challenged by trying to understand the difference between a web designer and a web developer... now we expect them to get that UI and UX are different jobs? Especially when you are so fuzzy yourself about the overlaps? ISn't this just ANOTHER way in which a graphic designer will end up having to do the job of 5 different people? Bad enough you can't specialize as a print designer any more... now we have to be marketing specialists and psychologists as well. Making up these new terms only seems to cut back on a company's bottom line, no more need for focus groups, no more need for market research... make the designer do it ALL. I'm sorry that this is negative, but let's get very real, isn't that what this is?
Maggie
6 months agoApril 27, 2017
PS I base this on experience of looking at job descriptions for graphic designers... most of which say you must be proficient in design for print AND web AND be proficient in UI UX... I'm sure you don't see it this way... but in real life, is this what it boils down to?
Ramkumar kumaravel
5 months agoMay 18, 2017
Really awesome!!! The way of detailed through was very nice and compatibility to understand the differences.
R M
2 months agoAugust 11, 2017
Hey, two questions that sound like they are related, but they are actually separate/unrelated:

- For a large company, I see how UX vs UI design separation can work. But for a startup, it's murkier. Could you elaborate on whether it's common for a UX designer to be responsible for *all* areas of design, end-to-end, of a web application at a small-to-medium tech company?

- I hear a new term, "Product designer". What does it mean? Is it UX? UI? Combination of the two? (I'm again asking in the context of a company that builds a SaaS web application.)
R M
2 months agoAugust 11, 2017
And forgot, another question: your description of UX seems to have a lot of overlap with Product Management. Could you explain how they are different and how they work together? Thanks!
Ian Hanson
about 2 months agoAugust 19, 2017
Seems to me that UX is "how it works" and UI is "how it looks."
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