UI vs UX: All about User Interface/User Experience Designers

UI vs UX: All about User Interface/User Experience Designers


I’m here with Heather from Artisan Talent
to talk about UI and UX designers. Firstly, what is UI? what does it stands for? what
is UX? what does it stands for? and how are those two things different? Well, UI will be User Interface and UX will
be User Experience. So very similar, they kind of cross. Cross a little bit, it depends
on the client you are speaking with. Ahmmm… So the user interface and user experience,
the interface is what you see, the experience is what they feel. Ahmmm. And kind of walking
through the process, it’s kind of what how my boss is explaining it but it is a gray
area. You will see it named both and that’s why I encourage you to click on it and read. Click and read, always check it out. Alright!
So let’s focus on the UX design side understanding that we sort of talking about both. Ahhh,
what does a UX design career look like? You know, starting from school and moving into
what you guys do. Well I, people go to school for UX design.
Some don’t. As well they might have traditionally studied graphic design in the print side but
have move into course work where it’s got them into that more digital space. Ahmmm.
some people are career changers in moving to UX. It’s very interesting. There’s… it’s
very interesting that career path that get them to where they are. But someone that really
passionate about design understands print and typography and moves that into digital
and understands exactly how to put together something that someone feels when they are
going through and experience online or on a mobile app or something like that. So that’s,
it’s the design that you see when you click on something, what’s your actually looking
at. That is put together by a designer in trying to get you to keep moving through and
stay embraced in that place. Okay. Cool! So then this is gonna come down,
this is an odd question, I know but let’s say you got your education going on however
you’ve got there, you’ve got a good sense for this (right!) What kind of portfolio would
you be looking to build? When we look at user experience designers
and user interface designers to, that digital component is really very important. There’s
some amazing print designers and print will never go away but you will have to be able
to bridge over into digital for sure and explaining that piece of it. How something that is written
on paper or it is done in print how that moves into the digital space is responsive, ahmmm,
can kind of tell a story through different ways online, it’s really kind of an art, I
would say, not everybody is amazing at it, and in a portfolio, it would be great to see,
if they have done that before. You know, any sort of exposure to it is important because,
remember our clients are open to someone coming in, a little bit more green, and it, maybe
they really have a good design aesthetic, and they see that, and that as long as you
are putting your best foot forward, they might take a chance on them. Others want to see
through the five years experience, that they joined some sort of interface or user experience
design somewhere else in transfer in that over. So coming with experience to kind of
jump in. So just kind of depends. Ahmmm. Portfolios I would say, is almost clean it’s very easy
to navigate, there are no errors, that’s huge. (no typos?) Right! and something that isn’t
dated. You know, I don’t want something from 2008, 2009s, needs to be current. Ahmmm. For
sure, or something that you’ve done in keeping that going, You know, I used to work in a
school, and I work with students, and I would always tell people, you’re portfolio is a
living, a living document, a living thing, that’s never gonna be finished, it’s always
gonna keep going. So, I always tell people that, just get it to a place where you’re
comfortable in presenting it and we’ll go from there. What’s one of the best portfolios you’ve ever
seen? One of the best? Oh that’s tough. (Like…)
I can’t, I can’t name names (no, no! but i’m thinking, something tricky like someone did
an app or someone projected it on lasers on the side of a handcuffed building.) I love
when talent come in, and kind of treat me like a client sometimes, though they know
it’s gonna be very conversational and very easy and we’re just kinda kind of talk through
things, they might come to, to the office with their, with their tablet, and walk me
through how they would they would do it with a client. Ahmmm. and maybe it’s stuff that’s
under an NDA, that they can’t showcase, you know, we’ll I can’t present it to them, they
have to hold the assets themselves. You know, and they bring that, to show to me, and how
they would actually showcase this to a client. I’m always mesmerized by when they come in
with some cool presentations, and it’s digital. But then they also have a fallback, they’re
like, hey if this didn’t work, I have stuff in a little print book too. or something that
I can email to you. So, that’s, that always amazes me when they’re already one step ahead
of me because I’m gonna ask (Like do you have a PDF, do you have a book, do you have an
app?) Wonder if this does not work when you get there, what are you gonna do? You know
what I mean? So when they’re kind of already thinking about that, I love that. So that’s a good question. Really, what tips
would you give for a UX designer in an interview situation. I would say, hmmm. Well, everything a little
bit different based on the client. You definitely want to read the description, and know your
client, and know what they’re gonna look for. Are they in the e-commerce business? Are they
in a definitely focused in retail? Are they more on B2B? You know, kind of know your audience
and what samples you’re gonna start with and have those loaded up in the beginning and
then have supplements all worth it that maybe they ask about, you can go to. So everything’s
gonna be a little bit different, in addition, portfolio you can obviously click around and
say if it was a more of a they want to see stuff on print too, i always have people kinda
tab things, so they can get to them very fast and know where to go and not be kinda stumbling
wasting people’s time. That’s a very good tip! Alright! So final
question to you, really, a UX designer job, what kind of job, what kind of salary, you
know, can you anticipate in the marketplace. I appreciate you do some freelancing, some
full-time maybe you could give a bit of a sense of each. Wow! So freelancing, trying to think back
most recently, hourly, I would say, we’re gonna go from like, kinda entry level for
experience, it’s in that 35 to 75 range. (Okay) I would say. 75 being very experienced, amazing.
Salaries, I mean 50,000 to 150. It just depends on the client. So, and this could be a director
level down to someone that is more an associate, ahmmm, levels of experience designer. Okay. Cool! and because we have the total
bias of hidden agenda, that’s not so hidden. You work with a company called Artisan Talent,
and we’re hoping people would watch this videos, and reach out to you guys directly. What are
some of the advantages, as a UX designer in working with your, an agency like Addison,
with you guys. I would say, the more you know, the more people
you know. The more connected you are. And I always, I always tell talent, you know I
want to be the person that finds you that next opportunity. But if I’m not, I’m still
gonna be happy for you and I want us to stay in contact. So I just, I’m another part of
the network, we all are, we’re all another part of that network and the more you know,
the more jobs, the more opportunities, the more things that you’re going to know about,
in trying to navigate your career. You know, there was a talent that came through here
of mine, that’s connected to me, and she was kinda unsure, she got a job through us, and
it’s lost turned to a career on the West Coast now with an amazing company she never thought,
she could work for. So we can be a stepping stone too to bigger and better things. Ahmmm.
But I always tell people, we’re just part of that network, and the more people you know,
like us to have me like your advocate in looking for jobs for you, the better. the more chance
you have in finding the great opportunity with one of our amazing clients. Alright! Cool. Any last, out of the box tips
for UX, people who are into UX design? It’s a very competitive market. So my advice
is just, you know, try to get samples from places that you’ve worked at. Keep those things
going, know that your portfolio is never gonna be finished. I think that’s huge, I feel like
I hear that a lot with talent that I meet, they’re like, It’s just not where I want it
yet! and I go, just get it to a space (right!) that’s most current, you know, and keep applying
and keep being able to talk about your work, know your audience, ahmmm. things, things
turn out well for, in the UX space, there’s a lot out there, but as long as you’re competitive
and have a really good approach, Good things will happen. Alright! Good enough! I love that tip of yours
that the portfolio is a living document. (It is a living document). It’s a living document.
Alright great! Let’s move on to something else as well. Thank you! (Thank you).


5 thoughts on “UI vs UX: All about User Interface/User Experience Designers

  1. I was doing UI and UX design and development back in 2002… Why is everyone acting like this is some new big magical mysterious innovative concept?

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