February 18, 2014
The software industry has become so large and complex that jobs have become specific to certain aspects of the program. A UI (User Interface) designer is tasked with the development of the portion of the program that a user encounters. Though this can range from hardware buttons or text interfaces, the most common nowadays is the graphical user interface or GUI. This is what we are familiar with, the windows and buttons that we deal with. A web designer is concerned with the design and development of a web site or page.
A web designer, acting alone or as a team, deals with the project in its totality with no restriction on which part can be worked on. A UI designer is restricted to designing the interface. It is his job to determine where certain controls go and how to manage the workspace so that the eventual user of the program being developed would find it intuitive and easy to use. The user interface is very important and it can often make or break a program because it is what the user notices the most.
1. A UI designer creates the interface to a program while a web designer designs the layout and links on a web page or site
2. A UI designer has to know the programming languages while web designers need to learn markup language
3. A UI designer focuses on a single aspect of the program development while a web designer focuses on the totality of the project