Cheatsheet of 50+ Commonly Confused UX Design Terms

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Design is full of terms that are similar in meaning but important enough for the differences to matter.

So, here’s a simple cheat sheet with all 50+ critical terms to remember across key categories:
 

❇️ UX Terms


The Number Rules
Customer Segment v. Personas v. Stereotypes
Product thinking v. Design thinking v. Systems Thinking
Agile UX v. Lean UX
Affordance v. Signifier
Flow State v. Scatterfocus
IA v. Site Map v. Navigation v Taxonomy
User Journey v. User Flow v. Task Flow v. Screen/App flow
 

❇️ Experience Design Titles

 
Z-Shape v. F-shape patterns
UXR Terms
Tree Testing v. Card Sorting
Concept Testing v. Usability Testing
Color Terms
RGB v. HEX v. CMYK v. HSL/HSV
Saturation v. Vibrance v. Hue v. Value
Tint v. Tone v. Shade
 

❇️ Display Terms

 
Padding v. Margin
AR v. VR v. MR Designers
Px v. dp v. dpi v. sp


❇️ Typography

 
Kerning v. Tracking v. Leading
Font v. Typeface
X-height v. cap height v. line height
Hyphen (-) v. en dash (–) v. em dash ( — )

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