T-Shirt: UX is Not UI

by on 02/24/15 at 4:47 pm

Many confuse UX with UI, but they are not the same. They are part of the same circle, but not the same side. This shirt represents the differences through iconography.









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11 Responses to “T-Shirt: UX is Not UI”

  1. Meh

    Feb 24th, 2015

    Great iconography. Wish web design clients knew this so that they could understand why developing a site takes time.

  2. thenonhacker

    Feb 25th, 2015

    I prefer that the T-Shirt design include the captions to the icons.

    If I want to show a clear message using that T-Shirt, then I might as well save the viewers from guessing what those icons meant.


  3. Tim Cross

    Feb 25th, 2015

    They are the same, surely. UX is the experience – you can’t have an experience without the UI. If, for example, you add swipe gestures to a standard banner, you are improving the UX, by adding the events to the UI.

    How can sketching be UX but visual design UI?.

    And output devices form part of the UX, with the UI tailored towards it.

    It’s rather too simplistic to suggest that they can be split down the middle. Everything is related, and whether you call it UX or UI, it’s all the same.

    My experience of looking at this t-shirt is poor.


    • anthony

      Mar 2nd, 2015

      As mentioned already, they are part of the same circle, but not the same side. That means they’re related and work together symbiotically like a mother and father. They’re both an integral part of a family, but they have different roles. This means that UX can affect UI and vice versa, but their functions are different.

  4. Oleksandr K

    Feb 25th, 2015

    Very nice T-Shirt, but for me would be better white back and black picture, not as now black back and blue picture.

  5. JohnC

    Feb 25th, 2015

    Nice t-shirt, although I’m not sold on this approach. When it comes to software development I’ve received the most successful results by having this combined into one UX resource, with the classically trained visual designer as the foundation.

  6. David

    Feb 26th, 2015

    User Testing and prototyping aren’t good methods for UI ? are you serious ?!
    BTW, good tshirt idea.

  7. Kyle

    Feb 26th, 2015

    Love the shirt. I actually quote an article about the difference between UI and UX over at our blog. It’s a pretty big topic..


  8. Bruno

    Mar 16th, 2015

    I do think they are the same, since one cannot live without the other. There’s no UI without UX. Although there can be some UX without UI, that simple doesn’t make sense. UX is the investigation behind what will make the UI come true, but we cannot separate both.

  9. alex

    Apr 10th, 2015

    Nice design, but UI is actually a subset of UX. UX is everywhere your user experiences your brand; UX professionals consider and design (design information, design content strategy, design architecture, design UI, design IxD) for all of that.

  10. Mitchell G

    Apr 13th, 2015

    I had a client recently try to separate these two. He wanted to update his UI first, and update the user experience at a later point. Of course, to designers and developers, we instinctively or consciously understand that one cannot quite come without the other. They’re separate sets of tasks, but they are interwoven.

    This page will be great to refer back to in future.

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