How does a UI/UX designer differ from a UX designer?

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to understanding the difference between UI and UX. People often use these terms interchangeably. Even when I was new in this field, I casually took both the terms as one. However, as I delved deeper into the topics of Design Thinking, I got the clarity that UX and UI are two different aspects of design thinking. Let’s try to understand them briefly.


It means or stands for User Experience. When you interact with a digital product, like a website or app, you get some experience while using (or browsing) that webpage or app. That particular experience creates an impression upon that digital product. And that experience and impression are known as User Experience. In short, it is written as UX.


It means or stands for User Interface. This UI is like the face value of a website or app that you use. It is more about looks of a particular page or app. It also creates an impression about a webpage or app, but here you are not interacting with it. When you just see it – it is known as UI. And when you interact with a webpage or app, you are creating some sort of experience for yourself and that is known as UX.

So, coming to the question. It is clear now that UI designer is different than that of UX designer. UI designer takes care of looks, while UX designers focus on providing a design which can give a good experience to the users.

I hope this answer helps you in understanding the difference between UI and UX.

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