User Experience Design & Overlapping Disciplines

by Parimala Hariprasad

Interaction Design


 Art of facilitating interactions between humans through products and services

 'My Favourite' feature in HDFC Bank ATMs made way for Faster Withdrawals and Happy Customers

Information Architechture


 Art of structuring and labeling content so users find the information they need


Human Factors


 Human factors makes sure objects conform to the limitations of the human body, physically and psychologically

 Physical ergonomics: the science of designing user interaction with equipment and workplaces to fit the user

Communication / Graphic Design


 Creating visual language to communicate content

Industrial Design


 Art of shaping objects in a way that communicates their use while also making them functional

Human-Computer Interaction


 Art of learning how humans relate to computers


Usability Engineering


 Testing products to make sure they make sense to users

User-Interface Engineering


 Study of controls of a digital device

 Example: Your digital camera's display is an example of UIE

 User-interface engineering is a subset of interaction design and HCI

User Experience


 User Experience involves everything that affects the experience of the user, either positively or negatively