What is UI Design?
“UI” stands for User Interface. UI design entails:
- Constructing interfaces in software, application, website, or computer devices, be it in the form of Graphical User Interface or Voice-Controlled Interface or Gesture-Based Interface. The objective is to ensure consumer convenience
- Creating attractive, visually stimulating interfaces that the consumer gets hooked on and have an unsurpassed user experience
- Aesthetics of website, app, or video game including screens, icons, buttons user’s click on, typography, colour schemes, images, interface animations, transitions, and any other micro-interaction that the user will interact with.
- Transferring the brand’s strength via the interface of a product.
Key responsibilities of UI Designer:
- Design Research to analyze why some web pages attract high traffic and perform better
- Designing aesthetics by creating visually attractive graphic design involving colour, images, typography, dropdowns, etc.
- Ensuring intuitive and smooth Interactivity
- Creating animation for better user experience
- UI prototyping
- Conceptualizing designs & constructing storyboards to convey and get the approval of project plans from the clients
- Implementation with developers
- Analyzing and testing the completed projects-websites, applications, and software and finding solutions to the issues.
What is UX Design?
“UX” stands for “User Experience”. It is concerned with:
- Experience a user may have with your product, website, mobile, service, web application, or some form of human-computer interaction (HCI). Analyzes whether the experience is smooth & intuitive, logical or clunky, arbitrary and confusing
- Researching to understand the target audience, their preferences, their needs and in accordance with the same creates a convenient, efficient, relevant, and all-around pleasant user experience.
- Find a solution to augment consumer’s interaction with the interface
The key responsibilities of UX Designer:
- Strategy: They not only create a strategic plan that stakeholders are aligned to, but also ensure that all stakeholders are working towards a common goal.
- Research: Basis the research & data, UX designer is involved in mostly conceptual problem-solving
- Wire-framing and Prototyping
- Competitive analysis
- User research to understand their needs and devise the best user flow that will complete their task efficiently
- Information architecture: Organizing and labeling the content of a website, app, or product, such that users find information and accomplish their goals effortlessly
- Analyzing, testing, and improving user experience
- Collaborating with UI designers, product managers & developers
UI/UX design course for beginners:
Considering the huge demand for trained UI/UX design, many colleges are offering UX/UI Communication Design courses. The ideal course must offer the following:
- The program must not only offer competencies in creating meaningful interactions between technology and humans but also equip students with an understanding of visual design, systems thinking, human behaviour, programming, emerging tech, etc. in addition to the know-how on the complete product development cycle-from problem definition to evaluation, testing, and final delivery.
- The curriculum should offer knowledge about the basics of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), principles, and practices of UI/UI design.
- Exposure through live projects, participation in competitions, internships are a must.
- Interaction with Industry experts will help students pick their brains on various aspects of the business, client handling, case studies, latest tools, and techniques, etc.
- The curriculum must provide knowledge in developing wireframes, basic programming skills, graphic and web designs, analytical skills, etc.