The Difference between Interaction Design and UX Design

Tailoring and sculpting a perfect User Experience Design (UX) is perhaps the most important part of keeping interest in your business. The disciplines involved with designing a perfect UX work together to help accomplish your goals. Throughout the lifespan of any project, the superior user experience is continually maintained and updated to better serve the goals of your product or site and your users.

The actual interaction between the user and your website is a key part of UX Design. Every facet of how the site is presented and designed must satisfy the majority of users. The Interaction Design is considered an art form rather than a science and a true artist is needed to craft the interactive pieces of the user experience. Truly, this is the aspect most people associate with “web design” as a whole.

The overall goal of UX is to demonstrate empathy for the users of our products. Interaction Design and the creative aspects involved are the most obvious parts to the user. Because the interactive parts of your presentation are the most apparent, they are also the most likely to be heavily scrutinized by the user if they do not perform as expected or behave unnaturally.

Usability will ultimately determine how frustrating or pleasant your experience is. The emotional responses evoked in the user can be influenced by the Interaction Design choices. Every aspect, from the color palettes to the shape and size of icons and buttons, has to be chosen carefully to maximize a positive user experience.

As an integral part of the UX, Interaction Design has five design dimensions that must be addressed.

Words are the first element that users interact with, and are the first dimension. They must be carefully chosen to complete thoughts and sentences in a way that furthers the goals of the UX design as a whole.

Graphics and visual representations are the second dimension and closely compliment the first. Everything the user sees, including typography, diagrams, icons, and other graphics must mesh with the content and other dimensions of the experience.

This leads to the physical space in which the users interact. The third dimension is the cumulative space made up by the tangible aspects of the experience.

Virtually all parts of the UX are time-sensitive. Content that changes over time such as sound, video or animation represents the largest part of the fourth dimension, but not necessarily the most important. Time is valuable, and to maximize a positive experience for the user, it is important to make the best use of theirs.

The last dimension is behavior. How the user behaves in response to your interactions is extremely useful in determining future revisions.

There are many similarities between the concepts of UX design and Interaction Design, but one wouldn’t be the same without the other. Without Interaction Design, UX would be lopsided toward the technically oriented minority of users, and the overall experience would be cumbersome.