In today’s professional world, the concepts of UI and UX are being used interchangeably. Understanding the difference will help companies to hire and target the right people, optimize design efforts, and help professionals make sound and optimal career-related decisions.



In other words“A UI without UX is like a painter slapping paint onto canvas without thought; while UX without UI is like the frame of a sculpture with no paper mache on it. A great product experience starts with UX followed by UI. Both are essential for the product’s success.” – Rahul Varshney, Co-creator of


UX Design refers to User Experience Design – It’s the process of development and improvement of quality interaction between a user and all facets of a company. It is in theory a non-digital (cognitive science) practice, but used and defined predominantly by digital industries.


UI Design refers to User Interface Design – it is responsible for the transference of a brand’s strengths and visual assets to a product’s interface as to best enhance the user’s experience. It’s a digital field, which includes responsibility for working with developers or code. (Career Foundry, 2014)


If you would like to learn more about the benefits of  defining and differentiating UI & UX, be sure to check out UI vs. UX – The Dilemma & The Basics seminar with Grand Circus in Detroit. Not only will they discuss the overlaps between the disciplines, but they will also clarify the roles and responsibilities for both UI Design and UX Design.


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For nearly 10 years, I have been specializing in professional technical recruiting. I take pride in finding talented opportunists and being that “Go-to-Guy” for my candidates and contracted employees. In my free time, I like to play hockey and relax on the boat with my family.