User Experience (UX or UE) Designers focus on the entire process of acquiring and integrating a product. This includes aspects of branding, design, usability and function.
User Experience Architect; User Experience Consultant.
User Experience (UX or UE) Designers focus on the entire process of acquiring and integrating a product. This includes aspects of branding, design, usability and function. They use analysis, research, and testing to develop underlying structures for websites and a wide variety of applications to improve the user’s online experience. They lay the building blocks on which the rest of the team will develop innovative solutions to enhance user interaction with a site by organising and setting out information that’s easy to find and use. Work is often an iterative process conducted within a wider development team, collaborating with a range of disciplines.
Many agencies will offer entry level UX Designer positions with on-the-job training. These may be offered to those with a good university level qualification, not necessarily in a technical subject, but often from Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Web Development, Graphics Design, Visual Design, Programming, Information and Communications or Psychology studies.
Typically, each of these entry routes are taken up by those with an interest in layout, design, typography, prototyping, user flows or behavioural psychology. A portfolio of early project work demonstrating excellent design skills or successful user interfaces will help applicants stand out. After gaining some experience, UX Designers can progress to more senior UX roles, with some eventually becoming UX Director for their agency. Others may transition into a variety of related roles, including User Interaction Design or Digital Strategy.
All three roles are about problem solving, communication, and people. And each one has a different focus on design.
UX design stands for User Experience design.
The UX Designer focuses on the “behind the scenes” side of design. To create the app, website, software, or service. UX design focus includes design and user research, information architecture, interaction design, usability testing, and content strategy.
The UX designer focuses on the user or customer to really understand their habits, needs, behaviours, motivations, and emotions. They work to deeply understand the problem and who they are designing for in order to prototype and iterate on solutions.
UI design stands for User Interface design.
This is typically the visual or graphical side of design. Some UX designers will also do some UI, but other UX designers will only go as far as research and wireframes.
UI designers will develop knowledge of graphic design, strong typography, colour theory, photo direction, vector manipulation, and, possibly motion graphics. A Senior UI Designer may progress to become an Art or Creative Director with a clear, visual, vision for the product or brand.
A web designer may be a graphic designer who works on the web and has developed skills to create a good looking website or app. The difference between them and a UX designer is that they tend not be so focussed on the core human centred approach of UX design.
A UX designer keeps a lens on how people think, and what motivates them. They may be more iterative in their approach as they integrate continuous developments as part of their design approach.