In the field of creating valuable software, the ux designer is most of the times misunderstood. Most people in the Information Technology Sector see the word “Designer” and think it is visual. That also counts for “Frontend Developers” (not a hardcode developer). What is the role of an UX Designer? What is the difference with someone who is designing an interface?

When you are an UI Designer;
You create the best UI by using your professional knowledge (with all your assumptions) for a target group or your stakeholder.
UI = User Interface

When you are an UX Designer;
You create the best UI by involving the user for creating valuable products.
UX = User Experience

In the working process it means that the UX Designer starts with Researching. The UI Designer starts with questioning the client who wants the prototype or UI. The clients are most of the time, not the people who you are going to use your creation.

If you would like to differentiate what the value is of UI and UX is, you could look at it this way;


Fig.1 value differences UI and UX

When the real UX Designer shows himself, he will ask about your users.
In the world of Design, there are many designers call themselves UX Designers now a days. But what is a real UX Designer actually? When you create User Interfaces you are making it for someone, right?

A real UX Designer has interest in the human relation with a product or service. What does that mean. As an UI designer I can be interested in humans to?! Do you understand the way you have to ask question the user, for intstance? Or even organise an interview? Do a workshop Empathy mapping or journey mapping? Here is a list on how UX Designers would like to been seen vs how people see UX Designer;

How UX Designers would like to be seen How people see UX Designers
Design thinking  
Understand, Ideate, materialize  
Design system  
user research  
interviewing  
contactual research  
Communication end user  
workshop empathy mapping  
workshop journey mapping  
Challenge assumptions  
Interface Design Interface Design
Visual Design Visual Design
Analogies  
Scamper  
Usability Test  
Worst possible idea  
UX Strategy  
Card sorting  
Mind mapping  
Brainstorming coordination  
Copy writing  
Neuro science research  
Working closely with Product Management  
Working with Product Stakeholders  


When I started as young professional in 2003, we called the role of UX Designer :Interaction designer. Designing the communication between a human and a system. The misperception is that every Designer is an UX Designer. A designer has the advantage to think like a designer. That way it is easier to become a real good User Experience Designer!

Take away

By differentiating the terms UI and UX, you let your contacts know you understand the differences. What are you looking for? Someone who makes visual examples of what you want to be created, or real valued products for your users? It always starts with the question: who is your user, you are creating this product or service for?

Want to know more about getting the user in to your projects?
You are not the user

Who the f*ck is the customer?

External link: uxisnotui.com

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