User Experience Design differs in many ways from what we traditionally call Web Design. In fact, UX designers and Web designers are not the same because they have different responsibilities and focuses in designing websites. The articles, “Looking Beyond User-Centered Design” by Cennydd Bowles and “Why User Experience Cannot Be Designed?” by Helge Fredheim, worked very well together in explaining why there is a difference.

I agree with Helge Fredheim that we cannot design the users and the situation because “users compare websites and have different expectations. Furthermore, they have different goals, and so they use what you have made in different modes.” [1] Although user experience cannot be designed, we can design for user experience because we can apply a specific methodology like how Cennydd Bowles describes use experience design is a discipline. User experience design is a discipline because it has a strong research phase, consisting of user research, user personas, user scenarios, and user demographics. In addition to user researches, a UX designer focuses on wireframes, prototypes, navigational elements, and user testing as well as usability.

In contrast, a Web design differs from user experience design. Web design focuses more on the visual and creative design. For example, a Web designer may focus on branding, visual, and content of a website, but a UX designer may focus on the system, user, and context. Being a Web designer, it implies that the person has a strong command of web programming languages and graphic designing such as color scheme, interface design, and navigational design.

User experience design and Web design are equally important to a design. While user experience design focuses on designing for the users, web design focuses on the visual and content of the website. Each is important and crucial to one another because at a focal point, they will come together to create an interface.