Myth: UX Designers and UI Designers Essentially Do the Same Thing
This is a very common misunderstanding that people have about User Interface Design and User Experience Design. Many believe that UI and UX are the same. It is common for UX designers and UI designers to collaborate on products and projects. However, they have very different roles within a team. Here’s the difference.
UX designers focuses on enhancing the users’ satisfaction by improving usability and accessibility to a product or website. UX Design improves engagement in the interaction between the user and the product.
UI Design primarily deals with the design of the elements of the website interface that the user interacts with to perform certain tasks within an application or website. These tasks may include finding information or completing a transaction among others.
These are some important factors that UI designers must address as part of their work. They must ask users whether the product or website was easy to navigate. They must ensure that the user does not feel confused or lost while interacting with the website or any webpage in the site. They must also find out if users could easily find where to click in order to get their task done on the website or applications.
A UX designer must focus on how the website makes users feel. They must ensure the experience was pleasant and hassle-free. The UI Designer should make sure that there was a logical hierarchy present in the interface and typography. They must ensure that the color scheme was not conflicting but consistent, among other factors.
Myth: Anyone Can Become A UX Designer
This is incorrect. Not everyone can find success as a UX designer. This is because working in the field of User Experience requires that you to be passionate about people. To be successful at a career in UX, you must also be curious about why people do what they do. If you lack curiosity about the nature of human behavior, then UX wouldn’t be a suitable career path for you.
Let’s tell you about some important personal skills and traits successful UX designers must possess.
In the role of a UX designer, you will need to conduct extensive user research. This will require you to regularly interact with various people and groups as they navigate and use your product. You will have to be able to visualize your product from the users’ perspective. A successful UX Designer must be able to put himself or herself in the user’s place, to experience the product from the user’s angle. This will essentially give you a better understanding of your product.
Every career is only worthwhile if you are enjoying it to the fullest. While being curious about human behavior and people is a key trait that a UX designer must, this trait will have a significant effect on how much you enjoy different aspects of your work.
· Communication skills
Good UX designers must most importantly, have superior communication skills. In the course of their work, they will be interacting online and on the phone with their target users, as well as CEOs, project managers, designers and developers.
Myth: Programming Skills Are A Must For A UX Designer
Hold your horses. You don’t necessarily require programming skills to begin your career as a UX designer. However, the ability to communicate with teams of programmers as well as understanding how they work is essential. You need to know exactly at which stage in the UX design process to involve them. Whether you work at a small start-up company or a large enterprise, UX designers will work closely with developers to achieve success in any UX project. The developers will be responsible for transforming your design ideas into a functional, working website. Therefore, the way you approach your working relationship with the developers will decide the success or failure of your project.
We’ll give you some handy tips to help you collaborate with the development team:
- Clarity in the process is key– The developers must be able to keep the UX designers in the loop about the process of translating a design into code, in order to make a fully functional website. This will enable all the teams involved to have a clear understanding about what needs to be done to achieve the required result. The development team needs to explain clearly to the UX designers why something won’t work, if that is the case and not just say that it won’t work.
- Be part of the same team– If it is possible, UX designers must ensure that they are in close contact with the programmers at all stages of the project. This will reduce the possibility of miscommunication or disagreement in the process of designing the product or website.
- Be realistic– When designers send over final designs for implementation, they must be sure to talk to the developers about realistic timeframes for the project. They must be able to understand how long the programming process will take, to transform the design into code.
Myth: UX Designers Need Graphic Design Skills
Wait. Graphic Design and UX Design are two completely different fields of work. Graphic Design focuses on the aesthetics of the product, including the decoration, font layout and colors. Graphic Design emphasizes how things must look. UX Design, on the other hand, is much more focused on making the user experience as engaging and interactive as possible, to allow the user to reach their end goal quickly and most easily. UX Design deals with the structure and logical flow of the elements that a user will interact with. The Graphic Designer, much like an artist, is responsible for how the different elements look.
The Last Word
So, there you have four popular myths about a career in User Experience Design, that we have tried to clear the air about. Now, we hope, you are better informed about forging a career in UX Design.