Describe the User Centered Design methodology

The User Centered Design methodology focuses on the user's needs and goals throughout the entire product or application development lifecycle.  This design approach places the user as the focal point of all phases of the development process from concept development to design, development, deployment, and finally to post-deployment assessment.  It is an approach which emphasizes cognitive factors such as a user’s perception, emotion, and memory and how these cognitive factors participate in the interactive experience.

This approach attempts to answer such questions as:

While there are many variations of user centered design methods, most are structured around three main types of activities; Research (User, Task, Product), Product Design, Design Evaluation.

The Research category of activities may include:

The Product Design category of activities may include:

The Design Evaluation category of activities may include:

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posted @ Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:21 PM by Chris Adams