UX Is Not UI: What Is the Difference between UX and UI Design?

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Profile photo of Cherry Zhao
Jongde Software

UX has been a buzzword that bounces around the design world, endorsed and adopted by designers anddevelopers. In many cases, highly respected developers who claim to be talking about ”UX” in a product demonstration are in fact showing a large number of UI features. I doubt much that the vague definition may account for this kind of misunderstanding. We’ve heard of UI (User interface) and UX (User Experience). When you build an App or a website with prototyping tool, we will talk to you about both. If UX is not UI, What is the exact difference?

Profile photo of Bernard Rummel
User Research Expert
SAP SE

It’s a funny phenomenon tht developers often talk about concepts, meaning only the part they actually build. For instance, they often talk about a “user” meaning just their ID and, maybe, authorizations. I’ve had systems telling my that I don’t exist, merely because I didn’t have an ID and authorization registered in that system.

Wrt UI/UX, I see it very simple: a user is having an experience when using a user interface.  The UI is merely the part that gets built. In fact the experience when viewing a demo is something quite different from that actually using a UI, so a “UX demo” is inherently nonsense.

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