Popularly known as UI / UX, they are frameworks with which one designs a web page, a web application, a mobile application or a product. While UX (User Experience) designers are concerned with the way the product feels, a UI (User Interface) designer is concerned with how a product is laid out [Ref: 1]. Often the lines are blurred between the two with the roles getting swapped.

UI / UX designers work in tandem with a Graphic Designer (Visual Designer). There is a suite of additional job roles such as UX Researcher, Interaction (Motion) Designer and Front End Developer.

Design principles – it’s an experience; users want simplicity, efficiency and clarity. The things you create should be easy to use, easy to learn, easy to find, and easy to adapt. Using intuition reduces people’s frustration in learning how to use your product / design. People remember what they experience.

The design iteration process consists of prototyping, testing, refining and implementing the design to create a high quality product and functionality.

Responsive design really makes a difference [Ref: 2]. Responsive design refers to the fluidity with which the design adapts to all devices with different screen sizes. 

In conclusion, while there are a lot of articles about UI / UX and experience design on the Internet, we’ve brought you three for your reference. [Ref: 1] presents a very informative article about UI / UX design processes and attributes and it is very comprehensive. [Ref: 2] provides some guiding principles about 7 UI / UX principles [Ref: 3[ provides a crash course in fundamentals of UX design.

Tools: Photoshop, Photoshop, Photoshop ! HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Following series in the coming weeks: Agile UX, Experience Design. Flat UI.

1. http://www.fastcodesign.com/3032719/ui-ux-who-does-what-a-designers-guide-to-the-tech-industry

2. http://www.freshconsulting.com/7-uiux-principles-fresh-web-experiences/

3. http://thehipperelement.com/post/75476711614/ux-crash-course-31-fundamentals

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