And, of course, there are thousands of designers and developers trained in the UX area who are looking for work. Because of this, there are many applications for these positions.
And in any case, it would be a unicorn: it may exist, but there is no evidence of its existence.
Of course, the preceding paragraph is an exaggeration!
I know that there is some people who can use that denomination (modestly, I consider myself one of them and I don’t carry a beautiful horn on my forehead).
Otherwise, the expectations of the employer who used those acronyms “because they are fashionable” are going to be severely frustrated at best.
Or you will have huge losses at worst.
OK, so UX is not UI. But why?
And someone can say:
And that can be really true. But the key is to “use concepts”.
Normally, he doesn’t do prior research, or tests with users.
Usually, she doesn’t handle deep concepts of psychology or even biology, neither handle data flow or information architecture…
Sometimes s/he may do wireframes or mockups; but even those “visual oriented tasks” are not that common.
In short, there are many things that don’t make him/her a User Experience Designer.
As we said, that would be the simplest way to explain the difference.
User interface design (UI) or user interface engineering is the design of user interfaces for machines and software, such as computers, home appliances, mobile devices, and other electronic devices, with the focus on maximizing usability and the user experience.
Here we see that this definition has more to do with engineering and physical interfaces, which is absolutely correct.
Interface design is involved in a wide range of projects from computer systems, to cars, to commercial planes.
All of these projects involve much of the same basic human interactions yet also require some unique skills and knowledge.
As a result, designers tend to specialize in certain types of projects and have skills centered on their expertise.
Clarification: a User Interface Designer is not only web or mobile designer, but differs in the multidisciplinary approach and a much richer and broader theoretical base than a web designer would use.
So … UI is less than UX?
Incredibly, there are people who think that UI is less than UX. That is why they add the UX particle to their speciality: they seem to think that if they don’t do UX they are less important, or they will get less work.
It’s like saying that a doctor adds to his title Engineer: obviously he will be able to heal a leg… but he can hardly build a bridge!
The exact opposite of the work of a User Interface Designer!
Disclaimer: This content was translated to English from the original we wrote in Spanish, available in UXpañol
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