What’s the difference between UX and UI design?

Let’s start!

First off, let’s answer the question: What exactly are UI design and UX design, and what is the difference between the two?


Simply put, UI is how things look, UX is how things work. UX is a process, while UI is a deliverable. Let’s elaborate further…

User Interface Design

UI is a combination of content (documents, texts, images, videos, etc), form (buttons, labels, text fields, check boxes, drop-down lists, graphic design, etc), and behavior (what happens if I click/drag/type).

It takes a good eye, a lot of practice, and a lot of trial and error to get better at it. As a UI designer, your goal is to create a user interface that is engaging, beautiful, and also creates an emotional response from the user to make your products more lovable and beautiful.


User Experience Design

User Experience (UX) design is about creating pain-free and enjoyable experiences.

Here are 7 questions to ask yourself to know if the UX of your product is good:

  • Usability
  • User Profiling
  • Asking for permissions
  • Form vs Function
  • Consistency
  • Simplicity
  • Don’t make me think

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works”
-Steve Jobs

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