Interaction Designer vs User Experience Designer vs User Interface designer

10 Feb 2009 - 3:53am
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Batyah Rubin
2009

Hi,

Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:

- Interaction Designer
- User Experience Designer
- User Interface designer

Thanks,
Batyah Rubin
Freelance User Interface Designer
Israel

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10 Feb 2009 - 4:41am
Angel Marquez
2008

UX=User Experience Design: The umbrella of all good things. This might be
the real question you want to ask. What falls under this umbrella? You can
go honeycomb, 5 food groups, or I'm inventing my own approach and calling it
the 'snowflake 108 degrees of beauty' steps and reasons TBA.
IX=Interaction Design: The paved contextual paths of the umbrellas intended
use. You need the above to identify what that use is.

UI=User Interface Design: Visual design of menu/interactive systems as
opposed to backgrounds of butterflies and fields of daisies. More uniform
design than art design. Your going to take what your UX and IX people have
decided and make it look tempting to use and when they use it they are not
going to want to put it down because the above people were on to something
and it is INSIGHT that they were on to. What did you buy your girl for
valentines day? If you can't pull this off you shouldn't be in UX.

er= YOU the person that creates the deliverable for your organization. The
organization being the one that lays down the law of what your deliverable
is and where the lines are drawn and why. You should be versatile because it
is a never ending flux of change, a living organism!

I knew some Israeli girls in my day. They called the big dipper a wagon
wheel.

: )

On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 12:53 AM, Batyah Rubin <rubin.batyah at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>
> - Interaction Designer
> - User Experience Designer
> - User Interface designer
>
> Thanks,
> Batyah Rubin
> Freelance User Interface Designer
> Israel
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10 Feb 2009 - 5:32am
Anonymous

Hi Rubin,

As the Word says,

Interaction Design is a sub-discipline of design which examines the role of embedded behaviors and intelligence in physical and virtual spaces as well as the convergence of physical and digital products. Sometimes referred to by the acronyms "IxD" or "iD"... Wikipedia definition

Facets covered
The fluidity of interactions
An intuitive workflow
The comprehensibility of the information and features
A quick and easy progression to feeling comfortable with the system (short learning curve)

User Experience is a term used to describe the overall experience and satisfaction a user has when using a product or system. It most commonly refers to a combination of software and business topics, such as selling over the web, but it applies to any result of interaction design. Wikipedia definition

User Experience Design is an umbrella term that encompasses
Interaction design
Information architecture
Usability
Accessibility
Human computer interaction
Human factors engineering
User interface design as components of the holistic user experience.

User interface design is the overall process of designing the interaction between a human (user) and a machine (computer). It includes graphic design, information design and a wide variety of usability methods. Wikipedia definition

Facets covered
The fluidity of interactions
An intuitive workflow
The comprehensibility of the information and features
The pleasing appearance of the interface

Thanks & Regards,
Mithil Yadav
HCI - User Experience Designer

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Hi,

Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:

- Interaction Designer
- User Experience Designer
- User Interface designer

Thanks,
Batyah Rubin
Freelance User Interface Designer
Israel

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10 Feb 2009 - 8:00am
Stew Dean
2007

2009/2/10 Batyah Rubin <rubin.batyah at gmail.com>

> Hi,
>
> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>
> - Interaction Designer
> - User Experience Designer
> - User Interface designer
>

The answer, in my view, comes down to one thing - the culture of the company
that you are working in.

I am a User Experience Architect (I do design but it's a title that's easier
to separate from visual design). User Experience is the umbrella term for
all things that relate to creating an interactive experience. I do
interactive design and user interface design as part of my job, as well as
user research, business analysis and a bunch of other stuff. Most of what I
do fits within the rough remit of user entered design.

Some companies are more visual design based and some are
more engineering based. In engineering based companies there are often User
Interface Designers and in more visual based companies you are more likely
to get Interaction Designers. Most of this comes form the processes the
company is following (or not) and the systems and products they are
designing for.

--
Stewart Dean

10 Feb 2009 - 9:36am
SteveJBayer
2008

I find that interface design is an umbrella term too with sub terms of
visual design, information design and interaction design.

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10 Feb 2009 - 9:49am
Jarod Tang
2007

They maybe the same or not, depends on your definition of Interaction
design, and user experience design and UI design.
But anyway, user only use the product ( designed artifact) through the
interface, and his personal experience is generated according to HIS
using (the interaction happens here) context.

Regards,
--Jarod

On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 4:53 PM, Batyah Rubin <rubin.batyah at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>
> - Interaction Designer
> - User Experience Designer
> - User Interface designer
>
> Thanks,
> Batyah Rubin
> Freelance User Interface Designer
> Israel
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10 Feb 2009 - 10:19am
Christian Crumlish
2006

Didn't Dan Saffer forbid us from discussing this on this list anymore?

:P

10 Feb 2009 - 12:44pm
Batyah Rubin
2009

Hi Stewart,

Thank you for your answer. Many people were kind enough to reply and it
appears that there is no consensus.

I am giving a presentation at a conference in Jerusalem on February 26th and
I think I will adopt your title "User Experience Architect".for two reasons:

1. It will be helpful in *avoiding confusion* most people have when I
use the term "designer" in my title. They assume it means that I deal with
the graphics and aesthetics.
2. I intend to explain my job by using the *example of an Architect* of a
house. The Architect first finds out what the client needs, then, after some
rounds of refining the plans together with the client, the Architect
provides the final plans to the builder. In my case, I am the architect who
determines the user needs, tests and refines the design, and finally
supplies the specifications to the developer.

Thanks to you and everyone else who took the time to answer.
Batyah
PS: Anyone interested in hearing about a |Technical Communicators Conference
in Jerusalem on February 28th?

On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Stewart Dean <stewdean at gmail.com> wrote:

>
>
> 2009/2/10 Batyah Rubin <rubin.batyah at gmail.com>
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>>
>> - Interaction Designer
>> - User Experience Designer
>> - User Interface designer
>>
>
> The answer, in my view, comes down to one thing - the culture of the
> company that you are working in.
>
> I am a User Experience Architect (I do design but it's a title that's
> easier to separate from visual design). User Experience is the umbrella
> term for all things that relate to creating an interactive experience. I do
> interactive design and user interface design as part of my job, as well as
> user research, business analysis and a bunch of other stuff. Most of what I
> do fits within the rough remit of user entered design.
>
> Some companies are more visual design based and some are
> more engineering based. In engineering based companies there are often User
> Interface Designers and in more visual based companies you are more likely
> to get Interaction Designers. Most of this comes form the processes the
> company is following (or not) and the systems and products they are
> designing for.
>
>
> --
> Stewart Dean
>

10 Feb 2009 - 12:56pm
jeff noyes
2008

I would suggest looking through the archives. This question (or at least a
derivative) has been asked many times.

On 2/10/09 12:44 PM, "Batyah Rubin" <rubin.batyah at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Stewart,
>
> Thank you for your answer. Many people were kind enough to reply and it
> appears that there is no consensus.
>
> I am giving a presentation at a conference in Jerusalem on February 26th and
> I think I will adopt your title "User Experience Architect".for two reasons:
>
>
> 1. It will be helpful in *avoiding confusion* most people have when I
> use the term "designer" in my title. They assume it means that I deal with
> the graphics and aesthetics.
> 2. I intend to explain my job by using the *example of an Architect* of a
> house. The Architect first finds out what the client needs, then, after
> some
> rounds of refining the plans together with the client, the Architect
> provides the final plans to the builder. In my case, I am the architect who
> determines the user needs, tests and refines the design, and finally
> supplies the specifications to the developer.
>
> Thanks to you and everyone else who took the time to answer.
> Batyah
> PS: Anyone interested in hearing about a |Technical Communicators Conference
> in Jerusalem on February 28th?
>
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Stewart Dean <stewdean at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> 2009/2/10 Batyah Rubin <rubin.batyah at gmail.com>
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>>>
>>> - Interaction Designer
>>> - User Experience Designer
>>> - User Interface designer
>>>
>>
>> The answer, in my view, comes down to one thing - the culture of the
>> company that you are working in.
>>
>> I am a User Experience Architect (I do design but it's a title that's
>> easier to separate from visual design). User Experience is the umbrella
>> term for all things that relate to creating an interactive experience. I do
>> interactive design and user interface design as part of my job, as well as
>> user research, business analysis and a bunch of other stuff. Most of what I
>> do fits within the rough remit of user entered design.
>>
>> Some companies are more visual design based and some are
>> more engineering based. In engineering based companies there are often User
>> Interface Designers and in more visual based companies you are more likely
>> to get Interaction Designers. Most of this comes form the processes the
>> company is following (or not) and the systems and products they are
>> designing for.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Stewart Dean
>>
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10 Feb 2009 - 1:22pm
mcaskey
2008

I predict the question will continue to come up until these terms show
up in Websters. :)

Admittedly, I haven't even checked Websters (I mean, why look there,
when Wikipedia has it, right?), but my assumption here is that the
definition will evolve heavily over time and across organizations,
indefinitely.

Mike C.

Jeff Noyes wrote:
> I would suggest looking through the archives. This question (or at least a
> derivative) has been asked many times.
>
>
> On 2/10/09 12:44 PM, "Batyah Rubin" <rubin.batyah at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>> Hi Stewart,
>>
>> Thank you for your answer. Many people were kind enough to reply and it
>> appears that there is no consensus.
>>
>> I am giving a presentation at a conference in Jerusalem on February 26th and
>> I think I will adopt your title "User Experience Architect".for two reasons:
>>
>>
>> 1. It will be helpful in *avoiding confusion* most people have when I
>> use the term "designer" in my title. They assume it means that I deal with
>> the graphics and aesthetics.
>> 2. I intend to explain my job by using the *example of an Architect* of a
>> house. The Architect first finds out what the client needs, then, after
>> some
>> rounds of refining the plans together with the client, the Architect
>> provides the final plans to the builder. In my case, I am the architect who
>> determines the user needs, tests and refines the design, and finally
>> supplies the specifications to the developer.
>>
>> Thanks to you and everyone else who took the time to answer.
>> Batyah
>> PS: Anyone interested in hearing about a |Technical Communicators Conference
>> in Jerusalem on February 28th?
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Stewart Dean <stewdean at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>> 2009/2/10 Batyah Rubin <rubin.batyah at gmail.com>
>>>
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>>>>
>>>> - Interaction Designer
>>>> - User Experience Designer
>>>> - User Interface designer
>>>>
>>>>
>>> The answer, in my view, comes down to one thing - the culture of the
>>> company that you are working in.
>>>
>>> I am a User Experience Architect (I do design but it's a title that's
>>> easier to separate from visual design). User Experience is the umbrella
>>> term for all things that relate to creating an interactive experience. I do
>>> interactive design and user interface design as part of my job, as well as
>>> user research, business analysis and a bunch of other stuff. Most of what I
>>> do fits within the rough remit of user entered design.
>>>
>>> Some companies are more visual design based and some are
>>> more engineering based. In engineering based companies there are often User
>>> Interface Designers and in more visual based companies you are more likely
>>> to get Interaction Designers. Most of this comes form the processes the
>>> company is following (or not) and the systems and products they are
>>> designing for.
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Stewart Dean
>>>
>>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
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10 Feb 2009 - 1:29pm
Adam Korman
2004

While trying to avoid the discussion of defining any of the terms, I
thought I'd write about what I've seen (from my personal experience
and job seeking) in the marketplace in terms of job titles.

Interaction Designer, User Experience Designer and User Interface
Designer are usually interchangeable job titles -- you usually don't
see more than one of these job titles within an organization. I
haven't seen the title User Experience Architect used as much as the
others, but I think it's in this class. There may be differences in
what people with these titles do at different companies, but you
probably couldn't tell based on the job title alone.

Information Architect is sometimes interchangeable with the above
titles, but is occasionally a separate function (i.e., some places
have Information Architects instead of any of the above, while other
places have both IA and UX roles).

Usually a Manager or Director of Interaction Design or Information
Architecture has only Interaction Designers or Information Architects
reporting to them.

A Manager or Director of User Experience may have people with any of
the above titles reporting to them, but is more likely to also have
User Researchers and Visual or Graphic Designers reporting to them.
This seems to support the notion that "User Experience" is emerging as
an umbrella term in practical usage.

Regards, Adam

On Feb 10, 2009, at 12:53 AM, Batyah Rubin wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
>
> - Interaction Designer
> - User Experience Designer
> - User Interface designer

10 Feb 2009 - 1:58pm
Kevin Doyle
2007

I use to Jesse James Garrett's definition and facet breakdown that's
been around since ~2000~.

http://www.jjg.net/elements/pdf/elements.pdf

The definitions and breakdowns are and have been around for quite a
few years now...

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10 Feb 2009 - 9:09pm
robb stevenson
2009

It seems you've found an answer which suits you, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in to help round out the discussion...

In my experience with an agency here and there, User Experience is the uber title for a group of people whom practice one of the following disciplines:

Content Strategy
Information Architecture
Interaction Design
Visual Design

Having said that, there are a select few people that may be considered %u201Cexperts%u201D in ALL of these fields, as doing so requires the use of different parts of the brain. Rather, and again this is simply based on my limited experience, but User Experience Design is best accomplished when great minds collaborate in consideration of various aspects of the collective ambient experience.

To take a stab at what each of these disciplines provide, in terms of the %u201CUser Experience%u201D%u2026 (be forewarned that I intend on generalizing in my next few statements, and as such, there are certainly exceptions to these statements):

Content Strategy is generally a right-brained activity, and centers around the art of translating brand identity into copy and media guidelines. These are your prototypical spoken-word artist types.

Information Architecture is traditionally a left-brained activity, and is typically focused on organizational and structural models. Historically, these are your word-nerd information science folks.

Interaction Design is also a left-brained activity, as it's concerned with modeling access and activity around behavior and cognitive patterns. Though this discipline, moreso than most others under the UX umbrella, requires both art and science, both side of the brain.

Visual Design is a right-brained activity focused on translating the brand into the visual language which the product portrays. Metaphorical exploration through imagery, type, and attitude are keystones to this discipline.

All said, User Experience design is the activity of crafting a product which meets ALL of the user%u2019s goals. A User Interface may simply be one part of the experience of using a product, as may be the tactile object itself; and you may also consider things such as the emotion elicited by simply thinking of the product, or the packaging of a product part of the %u201Cuser experience%u201D we are tasked with crafting.

I%u2019m babbling now, so I'll close with a shout out to Don Norman's eloquently outlined three critical goals for a User Experience Designer to consider: The Visceral, The Behavioral, and The Reflective. I find these a very interesting way of looking at the wholistic experience, maybe you will, too?

And that's it for me, as this is WAAAAAAY more than my promised two cents worth.

Cheers!

10 Feb 2009 - 10:47am
Sally Abolrous
2009

I don't think there's a clear answer for that question, but my take on it is that:Interaction Designers designs interactions, most likely in the form of wireframes. They're not necessarily user research experts but work closely with them to create ideal experiences.User Experience Designer designs interactions but also has a user research background, so is able to play both roles.User Interface Designer - I don't see that term being used as much anymore and it's probably b/c the field is moving into designing experiences, rather than just interfaces. For example, designing a retail experience. I'm sure someone might disagree with me here, or add to what I've said. At the end of the day, I don't think there's a general agreed upon definition for these terms.Sally

11 Feb 2009 - 11:38am
Mike Myles
2009

"Can anyone tell me the difference between these three titles:
Interaction Designer, User Experience Designer, User Interface
Designer?"

Yes, a Designer can... but not anyone else. :-)

Seriously though, designers tend to like to ruminate over what to
call things, and nothing more than the name for the craft they
practice. It's impossible to find a gathering of designers where the
subject doesn't come up.

Don't get me wrong, it's not an unimportant topic, but it's mostly
inside baseball.

Just as there are many different types of Doctors, Lawyers,
Architects, Accountants, Musicians, etc. Design is also a diverse
profession. Most non-designers don't really care about our sub
categorizations and latest in vogue naming trends.

Interior Designer, Fashion Designer, Lighting Designer, Automobile
Designer... any need to speculate on what someone with that title
does? So why not simply Software Designer?
Does it capture all the nuance of the craft? No.
Does it differentiate me from others in the field that do
substantially different work? No.
But neither does Interior Designer.

Is an interior designer concerned with the experience of the people
that use a space? Of course! Is an interior designer concerned with
the visual aesthetic of a space? You bet! Does an interior designer
care about how someone interacts with items in a space? One would
certainly hope.

So why is someone of that profession not a UX Designer, or a Visual
Designer? or an Interaction Designer... Because the label is not
clear. Interior Designers design interiors.

At some level all design craft is concerned with experience,
aesthetics, interactions, usefulness - naming a particular branch of
design (say that of software) around those universal characteristics
is bound to be problematic and contentious.

And I can absolutely guarantee that will not be the last word on this
subject. :-)

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