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Laura Coughlan

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What is user-centered design?

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What is user-centered design?

Use-Centered Design is a design framework for understanding, specifying, & evaluating a design against user needs. It helps to bulid a deep empathy with the individuals you're designing for.

UCD starts with human beings and ends with designs that are tailored to the users needs.

What is special about UCD is that it is scientific and above all values experiment, iteration, learning from failure and research

How to design in User Centric Way

The User Centered Design process has 6 phases

  1. Specify the context & users' needs
  2. Specify business requirements
  3. Build design solutions from rough concept to finished design
  4. Evaluate with usability testing
  5. Implementation — develop and deliver the product
  6. Deployment — the final product is evaluated, as consumer needs change.

Design decisions should be based on the needs & wants of users. The values of user-centered design are:

Empathy

Optimism

Iteration

Creative confidence

Learning from mistakes

To summarize: User-centered design is:

understanding the users & tasks environments

evaluation-driven design

considering the user experience

involving the client within the design process

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