The industry contains a vast amount of rhetoric around UI not being UX, the troubles of hybrids and businesses not knowing the difference.
There's a lot of merit in these discussions, if we're honest.
Looking at the world from a market perspective, many employers don't know what they're after or the difference between UI and UX, but they're getting better at it.
The overarching question still remains, however, should you specialise of try to be both?
Design Lab takes a look at the pros and cons, skill sets needed for either, and benefits of being a true hybrid designer.
Although large corporate job postings or freelance projects may require expertise in one area – the reality is that you don’t need to choose. You’re at a competitive advantage if you can do both UX and UI design because you can do both the analytical and project management pieces and then add the necessary aesthetics and interactions. You’ll likely get paid more, too.