If you are searching for UI and UX design for the first time, you will be directed to articles that explain about their differences. There are so many forum discussions talking about it which mean that you’re not the only one who is confused by it.

The one article from blog.careerfoundry.com persuade the reader with this analogy:

If you imagine a product as the human body, the bones represent the code which give it structure. The organs represent the UX design: measuring and optimizing against input for supporting life functions. And UI design represents the cosmetics of the body–its presentation, its senses and reactions.

As easy as it sounds in writing, they’re both are a bit knotty to be understood in reality. It’s because of many complications and misconceptions about UI and UX. Another reason is that the UI and UX fit out and are interconnected with each other.  It’s safe to say that you’re not the only one who is puzzled about this. Even some bloggers and content writers still write about their differences with a funny and unique analogy.

 

Know More about UX and UI

Well, we won’t discuss their differences because there are experts on it who can explain more detailed. But now, we can handle some tricks to define them in the easiest way. We can start with UI, or we call it User Interface, that is addressed to everything users look and do some interactions with. If you go through to a website page, you will see overall the page – it’s UI’s going to work with.  If you are a client who is looking for someone to make a page layout with nice button, menu bar, drop-down menus, sliders, and so on – the right person you supposed to call is UI Developer.

How about UX? UX or User Experience is more emotional and user-oriented. Every page layout that UI makes should be done clean, clear, and comfortable to access and click on. How a good looking site must be easy and friendly to use – UX can start with these. Why we use “emotional” and must be used user’s orientation? UX has a responsibility to comprehend situation when a user goes to your site, do they feel comfortable and safe when browsing our site? Or do they prefer to run away from your site because they got confused with it? UX person is hired to feel user’s experience, is your website efficient enough? Is your website useful? That is why UX person is more user-centered.

UX vs. UI Infographic

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We have made UX and UI more obvious than before. Now, let’s go talk on how to maximize the two of them with Front-end Development.

 

Maximizing UI and UX with Front-end Development

On our article about front-end development, there are 3 main tools to get close to it, which are; HTML, CSS, and Javascript. All of us already know the differences and how we’re defined them as well – with simple analogy. UI and UX are in the same group, we call it Web Designer. UI is related to front-end development, so when UI developer has done with beautiful design and friendly environment, front-end will come to implement all design and layout – which has been created by UI designer. Even both of them should have expertise in HTML and CSS, usually those two skills plus Javascript are final required for front-end developer.

To implement all design and layout, front-end developer will need more discussion with UI designer. To maximize UI and UX with front-end development, you need to improve your time management and how to make deal with process of codes until you finish your work.

 

  1. Start with structured and organized task that you need to finish

It’s equitable if developing a website is really time-consuming, but you cannot fully enjoy that work. While you’re working with codes, there is always problem coming that you have to deal with. Website development will not finish in one night or as smooth as you put codes into it. Watch your steps and do it detail and structured, it helps you to find your next step and goal with something you need to develop more.

 

  1. Speed up your UI and UX with efficient front-end development

It’s a good idea to have best practice and doing tasks more efficient, but in fact, not all web developer or designer have a perfect skill about code. Some free resources are able to help you with that. For example, there are free CSS libraries which can help you with consistent typography, style, color, and other compositions.

Not only it will help you with structured and keep a consistency of CSS libraries, but other resources also can help you to speed up your time, such as to help you to bookmark your snippet so it can be reusable, and even compiling your CSS snippets.

 

  1. Expand your creativity to do some tricks for usability and optimize your website

Based on a great website nickkolenda.com, you can follow these tactics to maximizing your web page layout:

  1. Control the user’s focus and attention
  2. Guide users toward the end goal
  3. Reduce mental effort and maintain flow
  4. Maximize compatibility for all users and scenarios
  5. Help users minimize and overcome potential errors

UI and UX really need user-centered mindset, so that is why you need to put your ego away from you and thinking about your users. Those tactics need a creativity to be real, so you have to learn more page layout and make it as simple as the users want.

 

  1. Consistent with your component

You will work with CSS, Javascript and HTML, and you need to be consistent with all designs so it won’t disturb your tasks while other tasks are still waiting and needed to be handled.

 

Well, to be a web designer or web developer, you are supposed to be an enthusiastic person and have a desire to grow and learn. Because technology never stuck in the same place, so you have to run to get it.