What is UI and UX Design?

What is UI and UX Design?

When it comes to product design, there are two terms that we get to hear often- UI and UX. UI stands for user interface and UX for user experience- clear enough? Debates related to both UI and UX definitions have been around for a long time but still, there is no ‘agreed’ definition. Today through this blog we bring you simple yet near to accurate definitions of both UI and UX design. 

What is UI?

 

To say it in simple words, user interface (UI) is anything a user or viewer may interact with to use a digital product or service. It offers a place where humans and machines interact with each other, it can be a common thing you are using UI currently to read this blog.

The user interface consists of input hardware that we as humans can use or touch like a mouse, keyboard, audio speakers, or printers. Input devices work with output devices so that users can fully control the machine. 

What is UI Design?

Defining a gigantic field such as the user interface can be tough because of its broad examples of misinterpretation. It is also referred to as only interface design while communicating. Transforming wireframes into a graphic user interface this process can be termed UI design. 

Different types of UI Design 

  • Command Line Interface

In the ’70s interaction with a computer was done with the help of a common line interface. The interactions were linear- the user used to type a command and the machine used to respond accordingly. This was not so popular because users ‘have’ to know machine learning language to interact with computers. 

  • Graphic User Interface

 This is one of the most common types of the user interface, graphic user interface allows users to link with icons or any other graphical elements. 

Fact: In 1984, Apple released Macintosh- the first-ever successful computer with GUI. 

  • Voice User Interface 

 A voice user interface (VUI) makes spoken human interaction with computers possible, using speech recognition to understand spoken commands and answer questions and type text to speech to play a reply. A voice command device (VCD) is a device controlled with a voice user interface.
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The learning curve in GUI is a huge problem, every time a user interacts with a design that is made of GUI he has to spend time to know how to operate it. The more time spend concludes to a huge learning curve. For a long time, designers have desired zero interfaces, the closest thing we have to zero interface is- Voice user interface. 

What is UX?


Cognitive scientist Don Norman is credited with coining the term user experience design in the late 1990s here is how he describes it;

“User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-users interaction with the company, its services, and its products.”

Interaction between a potential or active user and a company all is a part of UX. The term ‘user experience’ refers to the interaction between a consumer and a product or a service offered. Design is created first and how the design affects a user journey is calculated next.

A UX designer uses his or her skill to measure how a design will make users feel and how easy it can be to accomplish tasks. Several tasks are done before finalizing a design to conclude how a user can be affected. 

What is UX design?

The term itself somewhat helps in understanding the term but a massive field such as UX design needs more depth. User experience design is all about coming to an understanding of how users feel when they interact with an app, website, or product. What can be the reason behind this? Why this step is essential before launching a website or an app? The main reason behind this is to understand customer perception and the intersection between design, user research, and testing. 

Following are 5 main elements of UX design;

  • Well-organized architecture 
  •  Interaction oriented design 
  •  Usability aligned design
  •  Visually appealing design
  •  Planned user research 

The ultimate plan of UX design is to create an easy, relevant and reliable, and pleasant experience for users. To wind up, UX design is NOT about visuals, it’s main focus is on the overall experience of the user. 

Conclusion 

We hope that you can make out the difference between the user interface and user experience design after going through the blog. To say it in simple words, both are significant parts of product designing, and it’s impossible to move ahead without consulting UI and UX. Stay tuned with us to know more about UI and UX design.

Tips to Effectively Communicate with Developers

Tips to Effectively Communicate with Developers

Which factors make a project successful?

Is it working 24/7 till the project is delivered or hiring outsource talent?

Let’s take a step back and think again.

Where does communicating with your developers stand on your list? I am sure it did not make the top two. For developers, effective communication is without a doubt the most important aspect contributing to the success of a project.

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However, a lot of times communication between developers and other teams can be destructible (putting it mildly).

A project manager can give you a task thinking it would take few minutes but when in reality the same task can add many hours or think of a complex idea that can be solved within few minutes. Ideas interpretation differs between developers and other teams to another angle.

Following are some tips that can help improve communication between you and your development team;

1. Do Planning and Documentation

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This is the most significant part of software development, before starting work on any project- a developer must know all requirements and all details should be properly formatted.

It would be great if you continue the discussion with the rest of the team while you prepare the document. This will help you understand the complexity and core requirement of the project that you put in the end system. Once you finalize all the requirements, you can add all those to a structured document.

2. Wireframes and Mockups

Wireframes help communicate UI/UX requirements more effectively although designers are responsible to create wireframes. But you can also with easy-to-use online tools that are available these days; Mockflow is a website you can check out to create wireframes.

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After you create wireframes a designer can help you convert those concepts into clean and formal mockups. These mockups are then used by developers for coding out the user interface. It is salient to take this step seriously with the same care and attention because it can reduce the number of revisions to a great deal.

3. Get Logins and Access to the System

You must request login details from the admin to check the progress of the project on your own. This will help you stay updated without asking the development team.

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Also, you can identify bugs or any issues you may find from the development stage. Why? So that you can get hold of them and correct them before the final development stage. Always remember that developing a project is a team effort, we all are humans at the end of the day helping each other can be beneficial to both sides.

4. Be Present

It does not matter if you are handling multiple projects or are busy you need to involve as much as possible. A developer can still have questions regarding the project during the development stages. It can be helpful if you a continuous group chat, nowadays there are many great options such as Hangouts, Slack, Skype, and Teams.

5. Frequent Review Meetings

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Review meetings can prove to be a great help- you can keep track of the progress made to date. Following are some of the benefits of review meetings;

  • Can help in bug identification
  • Identify limitations of the team
  • The team can brainstorm new ideas

6. Do the Test Yourself

Testing is also one of the most crucial factors in the entire development process. The QA (quality assessment) team tests the product as per the requirement, but performing a QA by yourself can help detect some last minutes changes or you may found a bug.

How to Communicate Better
with Your Team

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The first thing to keep in mind is that communication is
two-way!

If you work in an organization where a communication gap exists, no need to worry some solutions can help overcome these challenges. Check out the following;

Mutual Respect is the ‘Key’

When you interact with a developer make sure you do it in a way that shows you value their work. Do not burden them with more tasks, let them complete the tasks already given, or give them enough time to complete all tasks without too much pressure.

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This depends largely on you as well, as a project manager you must keep work pressure under the tab. Ask your team whether you are having issues or not. If you don’t respect their work enough it is most likely to cause disturbance later on.

Tell the ‘What’ and ‘Why’ Also

When telling to add a new feature, do not just tell the what make sure to tell the ‘why’ as well.

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You must tell a developer what feature you want to add, along with mention why this feature is necessary and make users happy. This can be beneficial for two reasonsfirst, it makes technical staff more included, and second, if adding new features requires more time, it gives the team/ developers to propose a modification.

In the End

Planning and building a project is tough and consumes time, to say it in simple terms it is a complicated process. But if you learn how to communicate properly with your developer, the journey can be smooth.

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