This is a series of posts providing quick overviews of important topics in research, evaluation, and design. Each post in this series will include at least 3 cartoons from my archives and at least 3 links to recommended resources. I only give quotes here and recommend that you follow the links below each quote for more detailed information.
The Definition of User Experience (UX)
Summary: “User experience” encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products.Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen’s Definition of UX Design
What UX Design Is All About
For a long time design has been associated with graphic design (“the look” of a product). As digital technology and our expectations about digital interactions has grown, we’ve begun focusing more and more on “the feel” part of a design, also known as the user experience. If UX is the experience that a user has while interacting with a product, then UX Design is the process by which a designer tried to determine what that experience will be (Note: We can’t really design experiences as a formal entity. However, we can design the conditions of an intended experience).What Does a UX Designer Actually Do? by Nick Babich on the Adobe Blog
UI vs. UX: Two Very Different Disciplines that Work in Harmony
UI design and UX design involve very different skill sets, but they are integral to each other’s success. A beautiful design can’t save an interface that’s clunky and confusing to navigate, and a brilliant, perfectly-appropriate user experience can be sunk by bad visual interface design that makes using the app unpleasant. Both UI and UX designs need to be flawlessly executed and perfectly aligned with pre-existing user expectations to create an excellent user interface/experience. And when those stars align the results can be astounding.What is UI design? What is UX design? UI vs UX: What’s the difference – Found via UX Planet