History of Icons looks at the evolution of icons used for desktop, mobile, and web. There are plenty of nostalgia triggering screenshots from a variety of systems. Given that nobody could ever afford having all of those systems, I’m sure you’ll find interesting screens from computers you didn’t have or didn’t see.
In many cases, the incorrect expectation is that an interface designer by default understands or focuses on user experience because their work is in direct contact with the user. The simple fact is that user interface is not user experience. The confusion may simply be because both abbreviations start with the letter “U”. More likely, it stems from the overlap of the skill-sets involved in both disciplines. They are certainly related areas, and in fact many designers are knowledgeable and competent in both.
However, despite the overlap, both fields are substantially different in nature and – more importantly – in their overall objectives and scope. User interface is focused on the actual elements that interact with the user – basically, the physical and technical methods of input and output. UI refers to the aggregation of approaches and elements that allow the user to interact with a system. This does not address details such as how the user reacts to the system, remembers the system and re-uses it.
Richard Yang, a UX designer at Sony, shares his path from a guy with zero experience in design to a respected professional with a high paying job. Much like with any professional, in the past, present or future, it wasn’t an overnight success, but an inhuman amount of work and dedication, with plenty of failure.
I think this image is probably the best explanation I’ve ever seen of the difference between sketches, wireframes, and mockups. It comes from this article.
This made me chuckle a few times – “Artist attempts to create most frustrating products imaginable“. Some of them take a second or two to understand.
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