When someone new to the world of user experience is first finding out about what it actually entails, one of the most prominent aspects that people usually touch on is usability. After all, without understanding and taking into account how usable certain products, websites, apps, etc. are, creating a good experience for the user is extremely difficult. By fully being able to create items that are easy to use and navigate, UX professionals, and even those just interested in creating something for a purpose, can only get their intended point(s) across if they are not limited by the usability aspect of their product.
To clarify a point that many people mistake, user experience and usability are not the same things. Nielsen Norman Group says it best when stating, “According to the definition of usability, it is a quality attribute of the UI, covering whether the system is easy to learn, efficient to use, pleasant, and so forth.” Therefore, user experience is the entire process of assessing, analyzing, and creating for users in a way that is most beneficial for both the users and creators, whereas usability is an aspect of a user interface and how easy it is to access and navigate a product.
All in all, usability is a huge aspect of user experience. It helps those creating something to take into account how well something will, in fact, be used. I see usability as a very big part of any person’s career that is associated with user experience, but it is also something that is important to take into account for anyone in a creative position. Usability, accessibility, and really any kind of interaction is something that all people involved or interested in user experience can and should take into account in order for users to have the best experience possible with whatever product/service/interface that you have created. By understanding all of these aspects, especially when it comes to usability, one can create experiences for users that can efficiently make use of their time and help get the intended message across in the most accurate way possible.