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What is UX/UI Design?

If you are interested in the design of digital products, such as websites and mobile apps, perhaps a career as a UX/UI designer is for you! This is an important role within the tech industry that does not require you to know how to code. Below is a quick introduction as to what these two careers are and what they involve.

What is UI design?

User interface is the graphical layout of an application. It consists of the button’s users click on, the text they read, the images, sliders, text entry fields and all of the rest of the items the user interacts with.

What do UI designers do?

UI designers decide what the application is going to look like including colour schemes and button shapes. Put simply UI designers create the look and feel of an applications user interface. They aim to create an aesthetic of the application interface that is visually attractive and themed to match the purpose of the app. UI designers need to make sure that the customer has an easy experience therefore every visual element must be united both aesthetically and in purpose.

What is UX design?

UX which is ‘user experience’ essentially is the users experience of the app which is determined by how they interact with it. Is the experience smooth and intuitive or confusing and inefficient? User experience is determined by how easy or difficult it is to interact with the user interface elements that the UI designers have created.

What do UX designers do?

UX designers are also concerned with an application’s user interface, and this is why people get confused about the difference between the two. However, whereas UI designers are tasked with deciding how the user interface will look, UX designers are in charge of determining how the user interface operates. They determine the structure of the interface and the functionality. How its organised and how all the parts relate to one another. In short, they design how the interface works. If it works well and feels seamless, the user will have a good experience. But if navigation is complicated or unintuitive, then a lousy user experience is likely. UX designers work to avoid the second scenario.

UI and UX are two different disciplines that work in harmony since they are integral to each other’s success. UI and UX are both tech fields and careers that do not require you to know how to code.

Top Tips for a UX/UI Career:

A UX designer by the name Emily Stevens has some suggestions:

1. Research UX or UI to see if it something that interests you through podcasts, reading UX/ UI blogs for beginners.

2. Learn the basics – you will come across the common fundamentals of UX/ UI through your research so become familiar with them.

3. Once you have done enough research you can structure your learning with a credible UX course that has a focus on project-based learning, building a portfolio, expert curriculum and career support.

4. Practice, Practise, Practise- like most things implementing what you have learnt is the most beneficial type of learning (this can be achieved by volunteering your new skills to non-profit organisations, doing unsolicited redesigns or even simply incorporating UX/UI to your current job/education.

So, is UX/UI design for you? As you’ve seen UI and UX are interesting careers within the technology sector that require different skill sets, but it is definitely an exciting field to look into!

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