Key Principles For User Centered Design

Bhuvan Verma | 28th September 2018

What is User-Centered Design?

User-centered design (UCD) is an approach to designing computer systems and software applications that focus on the user’s needs, wants and abilities as central elements of the design process. UCD does not assume that technologists and developers “know better,” but that users implicitly can guide a design process toward a product that is intuitive, easy to use and useful.

Key principles of user-centered design

To remain focused on usability throughout the entire development process and the system life cycle, the user-centered design is important for it.

Instead of seeing the user as a person the methodology is about understanding how people are ‘users’ of a system and how they will interact with the system (solution). This is compared to Human-Centred Design which seeks to understand the underlying behaviors of people in order to create a design through a person’s eyes (and not with a designer’s or stakeholder’s lens).

Why just focus on the ‘user’?

Being ‘client’ centered, rather than ‘human’ focussed, implies you can eliminate the measure of research, outline, and testing required by focussing on particular clients and simply their necessities – not for each sort of client that may utilize the framework.

For instance, a customer may approach somebody to outline an application for experienced equipment deals people only, this client turns into the objective client for planning the application, and the customer needs to disregard to outline for unpracticed sales representatives since it costs restrictive for the dispatch application. Along these lines as an originator, you would just lead client research and testing with experienced equipment business people and are in this way being client focussed in your methodology.

Second, being user-centered means you design so that a ‘user’ can use the system (solution) successfully.

This expects planners to lead client research to figure out what a client’s needs and objectives are in utilizing the framework, trailed by client testing of the framework to approve if the client can really utilize the framework without requiring any help.

On the off chance that you do these two components – research and test with genuine clients – you are on the correct way to planning a client-focused arrangement. By just completing one of these components you can’t state that the venture has been client focused.

Also, UCD turns into a conviction framework when a designer turns out to be so energetic about being client focused that each choice that the creator makes depends on the requirements and objectives of the client.


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