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ELI5: What is UI/UX?

Explain me like I'm 5: What does UI/UX stand for and what's the difference between UI and UX?

We still hear this question and that's fair. There are too many abbreviations out there anyway. So let's keep it simple and explain the meaning to everyone once and for all.

UI stands for user interface, and UX stands for user experience. Together, they refer to the way a person interacts with a digital product or service, such as a website or app.

The user interface is the part of the product that the user sees and interacts with, such as the buttons, images, and menus. It's the graphical layout of the product, and it's the first thing that a user will see and interact with when they open it.

The user experience, on the other hand, is how the user feels about using the product. It's about how easy or difficult it is to use the product, how enjoyable it is to use, and how it meets the user's needs. A good user experience is crucial for keeping users engaged and interested in a product.

Here's an example: The UI of Airbnb's website is light and uses pink as the contrast colour. It has mostly rounded corners and a strong focus on beautiful pictures. The UX of Airbnb is great, because it is easy to use. It has a step-by-step approach to taking actions on the site.

The Website of Airbnb
The Website of Airbnb

In short, UI is the look and layout of a product, while UX is how it feels to use it.


This is exactly what we do at our design studio Experience Design. We're all UI/UX designers and can help you create or redesign a digital product that looks great and is easy to use.


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