| Naveed Ullah
What is the difference between UX Designer & UX Engineer
Firstly, there is a lot of confusion between these two roles as many people think these two are the same roles although they have some similarities, but they are quite different. Even though both of them primarily focus on user experience while UX Designer’s role is to look after design and UX Engineer's role is to make sure the design is implemented technically as it is.
UX Designer Roles
UX Designer (user experience designer) is responsible for designing the user-centered design and giving the best user experience to the users of the product. Their focus area is on the visual side of the product like are the users visually understanding the product or not. One of their main responsibilities is to find out the best solution for the complex features of the product, for doing so they conduct user research, gather feedback, and analyze data to gain insights into user behavior, needs, and preferences and there are some common ways to do them which are:
- User Research
- Information Architecture
- Wireframing and Prototyping
- User Testing
- Interaction Design
- Visual Design
- Collecting User Feedbacks
UX Engineer Roles
UX Engineer is basically front-end developers who are responsible for creating the design as it is in the coding phase, not only visually appealing but also functional and optimized for user experience. They collaborate closely with both UX Designers and developers to ensure that the user interface not only meets the user's needs but is also technically feasible. In general, the responsibilities of a UX Engineer include:
- Translating design to code
- Developing user interfaces
- Optimizing product performance
- Implementing interactions and animations
- Testing and debugging
- Ensuring accessibility
- Collaborating with developers and designers
Working Together As A UX Engineers and UX Designers
UX Engineers and UX Designers working closely together is essential to ensure that the final product is not just user-friendly but also is optimized and feasible technically. Both of them have an important role in the entire process of creating the product, as the UX Designer focuses on the user research, visual design and prototype in the meanwhile UX Engineer focuses on the technical implementation of those designs. Their collaboration creates a seamless and user-friendly product which is also optimized and feasible technically.
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