UI stands for User Interface, a place for human and machine communication. A user while operating a machine has different goals to achieve. Goals like downloading something, searching for a particular thing, doing shopping online, etc.
UI facilitates a user to operate the machine efficiently and get the required work done. You know what, you are also using a UI while reading this blog.
Input hardware and output hardware together form a user interface. Input hardware like a mouse, joystick, keyboard, and output hardware like monitor screen, printer, etc. User needs both input and output devices to use a machine and achieve the goal of using it.
The user interface is of different types but three of them are common
- Graphic user interface
- Command-line interface
- Voice-enabled user interface
UX stands for User Experience, it deals in providing users the most relevant and meaningful experience. The experience that a user gets while interacting with a product is a user experience.
The focus of user experience is to improve the accessibility of machines and make the user feel more comfortable while using the machine. User satisfaction is the primary goal here which is ultimately aligned with the goals of the owner of the website.
Generally, the goals are connected to getting a business and bringing new customers. If a user gets delighted while using the website he/she is most likely to be converted into a customer. User experience termed was brought up by Don Norman in the 90s while he was working with Apple. Don Norman said UI comprises all different aspects of the user interaction with the company and products and services offered by it.
Difference between UI and UX technology
- UI and UX technology have different key responsibilities
- The tools used are different
- UX and UI designer’s end products are different
- UX design is done before UI design in most cases
With the above discussion, we have the clarity that UI and UX are different from each other with the fact that they are inseparable. UI and UX both are equally important and they complement each other so well. Both together helps in creating a product using which customer can feel overwhelmed.