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What’s the difference between UX and UI design? – Interview

by | Aug 20, 2021 | UX/UI design

Abraham Quintanilla UX / UI Designer with 10 years experience creating software, apps, and devices with knowledge of UX design.

Tell us a little bit about you?

Well as you said I have 10 years of experience in the field of UX design and research in industries like healthcare, doing apps for, cancer, diabetes, skin, nutrition, education, government, automobile, some games, and logistics. 

Q: In simple words, what is UX?

A: UX is the relationship between a product and the person using it, this relationship has implicit aspects like, the reason why the user or person will use it (vision) , when the product will be used (strategy), and how it will be used.

So the UX designer makes  any system, app or hardware learnable and usable for the end-user and of course following the rules of the business model.

Q: when a product is intuitive, is it considered complete in ux?

A: Well that depends on the type of system and the ways that will be used, some systems can be the way to obtain something that the user needs, some others are side tools that help you to complete tasks, in this second case the interaction in the front end is using as a way to work with, and yes can be considered flow and simple but the ux consider more aspects post results, not only the interaction instead.

Q: What is the real difference between UX and Ui design, because it seems if you have a good design of the UIs the other things should be done too?

A: Not necessarily, sometimes as UX designers we need to predict actions and think as the user, knowing the context of every action and how the results will be use, the ux designer has to create interaction design, wireframes, and the creation of prototypes, also has to do user research, re-creation of scenarios, work side by side with the developers, and know about the architecture of the information and of course of the system

Meanwhile the designer creates the visual design (like the skin), defines colors based on the branding, define style and colors

But it doesn’t mean that we work separately. Sometimes we work together to do some interaction design because at the end of the day the user interfaces it’s a representation of what is on the backend and the vision, strategies, and tactics the business has.

Q: So you are saying that the UX goes deeper than only designing the front end?

A: Yes, because we need to understand first the user stories in case those exist and if not, we need to create it, because sometimes the clients could have some ideas but we need to check if they really work.

So while we are thinking about some strategies we need to understand first the user needs, and how this crosses with the product objectives, and then we need to define the functional aspects and the content requirements, before starting to think about the interface design, navigation, visual aspects and information or content.

Q: Do you consider that the UX can define a business model?

A: It’s an important aspect but not the only one. We also need to consider the environment, the moment, the competitors and also the market has its own rules.

Q: In case someone wants to start to understand more about UX, where can they start?

A: Well some of the best books to start are 

-Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

-Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

-The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

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