UX vs UI: What's the Difference in Web Design?

UX vs UI: What’s the Difference in Web Design?

You must have heard technologically savvy persons discuss the “UX” of a product or how the “UI” of a certain website is not very appealing. And you were absolutely clueless about what they were discussing? Well, this article aims to demystify the terms for you so you know what to look out for when signing up for web designing services.

The Terms

These two terms actually refer to two different professions though they are often used interchangeably. UI design refers to ‘User Interface’ design whereas UX refers to ‘User Experience’ design.

User Experience design is a “human-first” approach to the design of a product and it involves designing products keeping in mind human experience. An example of UX is how smooth the checkout process is while shopping online through an e-Commerce store, for instance.

User Interface, on the other hand, is a strictly digital term that implies the point of interaction between a user and a device. An example of user interface is the buttons on the touchscreen of your phone. UI relates to the look, feel and interactivity of the product.

The Difference in UX and UI

Simply put, the UX of a product is the overall subjective feel of using it as felt by a user while UI is the physical interface look and design as conceptualised by a UI designer. Both go hand in hand.

To make a successful product, both the UI design and the UX design need to be optimal. A good UX without a counterbalanced UI is like a skeleton without flesh and organs. It is important to note that UX is not solely dependent on UI for its existence though UI is dependent on UX for its existence.

A better analogy would be to borrow Dain Miller’s example of a user riding a horse. The stirrups and the saddle make the UI while the feel a user gets while riding a horse is what is UX. A good UI design enhances UX.

So the next time you are opting for web design services, do not forget to ensure both UI and UX are super smooth and user friendly. For more on this, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Sprout Road is a premiere web design company in Kolkata. Best, Sprout Road


10 Free Tools To Help You Work From Home

10 Free Tools To Help You Work From Home

Slowly coming to terms with the changes forced upon us by the spread of COVID-19? It is difficult, shifting work to your home premises. But it is not impossible.

Here is a list of some free tools that can make the transition to working from home smoother and hassle-free.

  • Slack – It is a great collaboration hub that allows you to share files and communicate in groups as well as on a one-on-one basis.

  • Google Hangouts –It brings to life conversations through texts, audio and video connections on a one-on-one basis and for groups.
  • Zoom–It is a platform that allows you to hold video meetings and host virtual presentations online. It offers real time chats and video recording features as well.
  • Skype–It is a free communications tool that helps you connect with as many as 50 people through audio or video conferencing. 
  • AirTable–This is a strong tool that helps manage data and inventory on visually appealing spreadsheets so you can keep track of what your team is doing.
  • Asana –It helps teams structure work and tasks and helps team leaders and team members track progress and completion of tasks.
  • GitHub–It is a crucial free tool used to facilitate design and development, used as it is for version control and viewing, sharing and collaborating on code developed by team members.
  • Chrome DevTools–It is used for web development and the software is built directly into the Google Chrome browser.
  • Grammarly– It is a great platform used for writing on and editing documents with.
  • Google Drive– It is best for sharing files and collaborating on them with remote team members.

Try these tools out, according to your needs and preferences. For more on the subject, check out our previous blog here – www.sproutroad.com/how-you-can-work-from-home-during-covid-19-some-free-tools.


How You Can Work From Home During COVID 19 - Some Free Tools

How You Can Work From Home During COVID 19 – Some Free Tools

Working from home? So are we. And so are millions of people across the world forced indoors by the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

But if you have access to the Internet, you are doing better than many because of a variety of free tools available to assist you in working from home.

For communicating

There are several free tools available for helping you to communicate with your colleagues.

Tools like Slack, Workplace by Facebook, Basecamp, Discord and Microsoft Teamsare the names you should be acquainted with.

Most of these are on offer with paid plans, but they grant basic free packages with some limitations (that should not pose any problems to users).

For instance, there is a guide to Slack’s free versus paid-for services.

For work lists and projects management

Making a to-do list of tasks is the foremost way of keeping track of work to be done and tasks completed.

There are several tools which help carry out this function. Take, for instance, Trello and Google Keep.

Tools like Trello give us the opportunity to handle projects, keep a track of work done, add comments or collaborate on these.

Google Keep allows us to do similar things like making lists, taking notes (with a feature that allows for attaching pictures or audio clips), and sharing them with co-workers.

Apps like Zoho, Asana and Paymo can also be used for these functions.

For Collaboration

To collaborate on documents, worksheets and presentations, the most widely used tools are those comprised in the Google Suite.

Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides facilitate work on documents, worksheets or spreadsheets and presentations respectively.

Files are usually saved on Google’s cloud platform – Google Drive – though they can also be saved in the offline mode. An alternative is Zoho Docs.


Working from home can be productive if you want it to be. So do not hesitate to be adaptive. We suggest you try out these free tools and recommend them to colleagues as well. And if you are looking for more suggestions, do read our upcoming blog. Best, Sprout Road


Bold, Quirky & Eclectic: Top 4 Graphic Design Trends 2019

Bold, Quirky & Eclectic: Top 4 Graphic Design Trends 2019

2018 was AWESOME. Last year was all about augmented reality, activism and tricky ultraviolet-defined designs.

With tech bigwigs, like Google, Apple and Spotify embracing bold and eccentric design trends, it’s time we take it up an extra notch, and why not! 2019 is hailed to be the most creative from the start: courtesy futuristic patterns, more unique color palettes and quirky fonts!

Below, we present our top 5 graphic design trends of 2019. Intriguing and impactful, they will surely help you stay ahead of the curve.

3D Design

Three-dimensional design elements seem to be everywhere. Illustrated characters that you’d often find on several websites or interfaces are being re-designed in 3D. 3D designing has become more mainstream. Cute 3D avatars and brand mascots pop up now and then.

Expect use of more 3D designing elements for webpage enhancements and amazing VR and AR experiences. While designers are swerving towards this iconic graphic design trend, 3D typography is also gaining momentum. Therefore, search through Adobe Fonts and settle for a 3D option for your next big project.

Asymmetrical Layouts

Take a break from the predictable grids… And try asymmetrical layouts. The subtle mix of information and graphics aesthetically breathe in more kinetic movement and energy. From a design standpoint, they demand attention and appreciation as well. The users experience an inherent curiosity about what lies next, resulting in a feeling of queer and interest as they scroll through a website/app design.

Canva and Squarespace offer several design templates and graphic products. Beginners and professionals can use them in creating bespoke web and print media design and graphics.

Open Compositions

Expect organic textures, quirky doodles, unique stains of color and peculiar brush strokes! This is the new norm.

Of late, the style of illustration has undergone a massive transformation. Designers and graphic artists celebrate the imperfections in art. That’s why, instead of rooting for framed finishes, you should now look for free-flowing final products.

The open composition is the new kid on the block. Here, you will be able to witness a tiny but beautiful fragment of a bigger picture – sparking innate interest. The key is to tap the audience’s mind and influence their imaginative abilities. Photoshop’s compositing technique is one of the best tools; it provides stunning art-boards that help create unique interactive digital experiences.

Bold Duotones Plus Minimal Designs

Less is more! This mantra dominated the design industry for the past decade. Expect it to continue in 2019 as neat, uncluttered visuals become the order of the day. In the age of smartphones and tablets, minimalist designs are even more necessary. The content that appears on smaller screens is to be presented in a concise and readable manner.

However, millennial designers are found using bold colors and smooth duotones to enhance website impact: courtesy Photoshop. The 70s-inspired color palettes and gradients make them more visually attractive.

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Sourced from: theblog.adobe.com | 99designs.com