UI is the saddle, the stirrups, and the reigns.

UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse, and rope your cattle.

UX (User Experience)

  • How should the user flow through the interface.
  • What should a status color indicate?
  • How should the layout be scoped?
  • UX should be intuitive
  • The user should not have to be taught 

Which Color is Correct?

Color Choice (UX)

Answer: neither!

UI (User Interface)

  • Where humans and machines interact
  • Translation layer between human and machine
  • UI design builds the element look and feel
  • UI engineering builds the translation layer

Which is best?

<!-- Submit Name to Server -->
<form action="process.php" method="get">
  First name: <input type="text" name="fname" required ><br>
  Last name: <input type="text" name="lname" required ><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
<!-- Submit Name to Server -->
<form id="a-sweet-form">
  First name: <input id="fname" type="text" name="fname" required ><br>
  Last name: <input id="lname" type="text" name="lname" required ><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">

        var form = { lname: $('#lname').value() , fname: $('#fname').value() };
        $.get( "process.php", form, function( data ) {
          // Notifies user that their request worked
          alert( "Hey there! Your request was a success!" );




Answer: Usually

  • Most accessible option
  • Works if user has JavaScript disabled
  • Simpler solution using browser API
  • Progressive Enhancement 
  • Can limit developer creativity

Progressive Enhancement


Graceful Degradation 

Graceful Degredation

  • UX designed for modern browsers
  • Gracefully Degrades UX to accommodate older browsers
  • Limits to amount of degradation
  • Future browser changes could break older code

Progressive Enhancement

  • Starts from reverse side of Graceful Degradation
  • Enhances UX according to browser support
  • Known for better support of older technologies
  • Can be difficult to implement latest UX trends

Project Lifecycle

  • Concept / Requirements
  • Research
  • UX
  • Wireframe
  • Static Code
  • Dynamic Code
  • Refactor
  • Submit for approval
  • Commit to Production