What’s the difference between UI and UX design?

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Throughout time and many projects, I learned the fact that there are many, many individuals that don’t understand the difference between UI UX design…and I’m not even surprised. It’s a complex area of expertise that needs to take a lot of things into consideration when referring to the terms “UI and UX”.

First of all UI (aka ‘GUI’) stands for Graphical User Interface and UX stands for User Experience. I found many definitions which describe very accurately the terms of UI, but in my personal opinion the simplest and shortest is the following: the UI is the graphical illustration of the UX process. On the other hand, the UX is the process of planning, creating & enhancing the customer interaction and the product/website usability.

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If you want more details about the differences between UI and UX  you can read very informative and complete articles of these in the following links:

http://blog.careerfoundry.com/the-difference-between-ux-and-ui-design-a-laymans-guide/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140709062736-52886953-ui-vs-ux-what-s-the-difference

https://medium.com/@catalinarusu/debunking-the-ux-myth-over-again-e05b786917ce

http://www.workbridgeassociates.com/blog/posts/2013/10/17/workbridge-san-francisco-ui-ux-whats-the-difference-in-terms-of-design

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/usability-and-user-experience/

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