User-centered design

What is it?
User-Centered Design (UCD) puts the needs and goals of the users first. The main difference of UDC from other design processes is that the end users of the product are engaged and are active participants in most (if not all) steps of the design and development process.

The most fundamental part of UCD process is the research (or discovery) phase before any design or planning takes place. Direct communication with end users throughout the project ensures that the final product will help users accomplish their goals and increases adoption rate after your project is implemented.

Stages of UCD process:

Discovery > Ideation > Prototyping > Testing > Development > Repeat from Ideation until > Public Release

User-centered design is used to
• Design and build community-based projects
• Change how businesses function
• Create new consumer products
• Design and build software
• Anything else that involves people interacting with each other and/or any type of product

What is needed?
Different stages of UCD require different materials.
Discovery: Pen, paper, interview script, interviewer, note taker.
Ideation: Post-its, pens, markers, whiteboard (or large butcher pager roll or large easel post-its)

Is an expert needed?
No, no expert needed

How to
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Good practice tips
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Success stories
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Created on 30 Oct 2016 16:41 by Konstantin Nakazny
Updated on 28 Nov 2016 13:55 by Barron Orr

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