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UX design, or user experience design, is the process of creating products and experiences that help users get done what they’ve come to do—as efficiently and effectively as possible. But what is the user experience? In short, the user experience is how users feel as they engage with your product. This concept applies to physical objects and daily experiences, like using a coffee maker or buying a car at a dealership; but it also applies to the digital side of life—think about the last time you transferred money using a banking app, purchased something online, or even played a game on your phone. How each of these apps or websites are designed, combined with your needs and goals as you engage with them, creates the user experience. Sometimes it’s a great experience; sometimes, not so much. UX design is the process of understanding and empathizing with the actual needs and goals of your users, diving into that user experience, locating the problems (often called “pain points”), and finding solutions that result in a better user experience. Good UX design often flies just under your radar—unless it’s just an outstanding experience, if the UX is good, you don’t notice it. Things are just working the way they’re supposed to. But bad UX? You’ll spot it every time, and chances are that you won’t be very interested in repeating your experience with that product.
User interface (UI) design refers to the visual design of a product’s digital interface, such as an app screen or website. It’s the process of designing the visual and interactive properties of a visual experience, ensuring the interface is both clear for the user to navigate and overall, aesthetically pleasing. UI design is a multidisciplinary field involving various elements from visual design, UX design, and graphic design. Users have become familiar with certain layouts and patterns. From the typography to the color, every aspect of a digital screen influences the user’s interaction, and satisfaction, with the app or website. UI design involves the complex art of arranging these elements to guide the user and keep cognitive load to a minimum while creating beautiful, unique experiences that bring the product to life. UI design is so much more than making things look pretty—especially in today’s digitally-led landscape. Most good businesses recognize that exceptional UI design is vital for fostering brand loyalty, recognition, and trust. Customers no longer enjoy well-designed digital experiences; they expect it. In the absence of good design, users will inevitably flee to a competitor.