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What is the difference between UX & UI designer and a web designer?

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Carol W. Echols

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Few of the most commonly used terms in web development are UI, UX, and Web designer. As a web developer, it is essential to know the exact differences between them. In this article, we’ll be highlighting the differences between UI & UX designers and Web Designers, but before that, let us understand the terms separately.

  • UI Designer

    Stands for User Interface Design, it is a branch of engineering focusing on the development of user interface for various devices like computers, smart home appliances, smartphones, etc. and focuses on different ways to improve usability and user experience.

    Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_interface_design 

  • UX Designer

    Stands for User Experience Design, and focuses on ways to enhance the user experience and satisfaction, by improving the usability, accessibility, desirability, of the concerned product.

    Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_experience_design 

  • Web Designer

    Web Designing involves a combination of different computer skills like graphic designing, interface designing, efficient coding, authoring, etc.,  aimed at the development and maintenance of websites.

    Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_design 

Differences:

UI DesignerUX DesignerWeb Designer
  • Focuses on the outlook of a product, which includes its presentation layout, user interactivity.
  • Aims at improving customer satisfaction/loyalty by enhancing the usability, and the interaction between the user and the product.
  • It is a type of graphic designing focusing on areas like creative concepts, color management, icon development, etc.
  • Focuses mainly on front-end development.
  • Focus on the user experience by combining their knowledge in research as well as designing. They focus on developing the framework.
  • They focus on the overall development of a website based on the client's requirements.
  • Features visually interactive elements for guiding a user across a given product.
  • Involves the research, testing, development, content, prototyping, for ensuring utmost customer satisfaction.
  • Involves the use of different languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVA, etc as well as basic skills in Information Architecture.
  • Payscale around $58,832 annually (Rs 405,211 annually).
  • Payscale around $72,000 annually (Rs 609,379 annually).
  • Payscale around $48,495 annually (Rs 229,873 annually).

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richard devis

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Indeed, a UX, UI, and web designer have a lot in common. But you need to understand that there’s a fine line between them. Moreover, all three professions are unique and have their own set of purposes to fulfill. 


UX Designer 


A designer responsible for behind the good-looking side of the design is known as a User Experience or UX designer. By hiring UX designers, you can efficiently define the creation of your app, product/ service, software, or website. These professionals would take care of various aspects including user research, interaction design, usability, information architecture, etc.

UX designers consistently focus on acquiring all the information related to your users like emotions, requirements, motivations, habits, behaviors, etc. They’ll help you prototype and iterate on solutions by understanding the problem you want to solve with your product and who you’re designing it for.


UI Designer


A designer that takes care of all the graphic and visual aspects of the design is known as a User Interface or UI designer. By hiring UI designers, you can elevate the overall user experience of your products and services. These professionals are responsible for ensuring that a user observes smooth navigation from a to b via distinct visual touch points.    

UI designers curate all the screens your users would access and navigate through. They bring in hands-on experience and knowledge about color theory, motion graphics (sometimes), graphic design, vector manipulation, strong typography, photo direction, and much more to your table.


Web Designer 


A designer that collates all the content from UI designer, graphic designer and other related teams alongside referring to the objectives set by a UX designer’s wireframe and product manager’s strategy and converts it into a full-fledged web page mockup is known as a web designer. By hiring web designers, you can add an aesthetic appearance to your web page/ app/ portal. 

Web designers are responsible for the content arrangement and implementation of the design elements for your product. Concretely, they concentrate on designing the frontend of your product. They have adept technology and XHTML and CSS knowledge including good working knowledge of web design packages, scripting languages, etc.  

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