The Most Crucial Components of UX Design

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Each day, we're tasked with not only crafting relevant and engaging content for our readers, but also ensuring that our user interfaces (UI) provide optimal viewing and encourage some form of action. As teams grow and roles become increasingly specialized, it's easy to lose sight of the important but different roles UI and content play in the overall user experience (UX). Content writers, front-end developers and IT staff are increasingly at odds over which elements should take precedence: Is content the most important element or is the environment in which the content resides more crucial? Content and user interfaces both play important roles that shape and transform the experiences of readers, users and customers. The images below from Catalina Rusu perfectly illustrate the nuance that exists between UX, UI, and content:

Take a moment to visit the entire article; it is the best thing you'll read today, trust me. This example demonstrates a simple truth: The best user experiences are the result of careful planning between the content to be consumed and the vehicle of delivery, and the final outcome is only as good as the coordination between the two components. I love the simplicity and accessibility of this example; everyone has experienced that magical moment during a great meal when you realize the conversation and atmosphere are every bit as delicious as the food. It's at that moment when the meal becomes something more than its individual components. The same holds true for your user experience. Simply put, great UI without stellar content is as lifeless as a corpse and terrific content without a well planned interface is nothing more than a ghost. 

Great UI without stellar content is as lifeless as a corpse and terrific content without a well planned interface is nothing more than a ghost. 

Regardless of what industry you're in or what products or services you offer, crafting a positive, memorable user experience is your number one goal and creating great content and a great UI will keep your audience coming back for more. 

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