User Interface (UI) vs. User Experience (UX)

Simon Guest (@simonguest) has a great post on the differences between UI and UX, illustrated through real world design.

User Interface (UI) vs. User Experience (UX) – The only person at Microsoft allowed to login as \’guest\’

Years ago, I noticed that the vernacular nomenclature around product development had shifted from UI to UX, but I never really paid much mind to what the (perceived) differences were between the two.

UX feels a bit more self-important, so I figured it was a differentiating word change only, like the switch from expert to guru to ninja, cosmetic only.

Simon’s examples illustrate very plainly the differences. So, now I’m feeling edified and bit sheepish.



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