There is no question that User Interfaces and User Experience are design considerations —
Design as a noun informally refers to a plan for the construction of an object or a system (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawing, business process, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns) while “to design” (verb) refers to making this plan. No generally-accepted definition of “design” exists, and the term has different connotations in different fields
So if we have UI/UX design and graphic design, and we all know that a graphic designer is not a UI/UX designer, and vice-versa (though a person could perform both), how do we understand where the line is?
(Each of the topics now have their own SE site, as well)
Graphic design certainly has the connotation of "making things look pretty", but at the same time it seems like how things look is intrinsically connected with how the user is able to interpret and interact with it.
One of the core tenets of UI/UX is considering how apperance conveys meaning. As Steve Krug says in Don't Make Me Think:
For tabs to work to full effect, the graphics have to create the visual illusion that the active tab is in front of the other tabs.
So, when does design leave the UI realm and become graphic design? Can UI "experts" (as this site defines it's audience) really ever be fully separated from visual design? And really, how do we define UI design in relation to graphic design?
Also if any of the assumptions here are false, please put in your two cents. All viewpoints are helpful in understanding this issue.