Use Human-Centered Design to Get a Jump on Usability

We thought it might be useful to start at the beginning, so to speak, for companies who have not yet adopted a user-centered design approach.

User-centered design is widely used by the best design firms in the world for medical and other high-level technologies. In many ways, this process is counter intuitive to the way that most engineers were trained. It requires thinking about design from the outside in.

 

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Actually go to your end users and find out what they need
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Take feedback from user observation and come up with some ideas (brainstorm, organize themes, etc.)
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Build usable versions quickly and test them out
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Revise until you get something that works
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Human-centered design requires quick thinking and flexibility. It also requires an open mind, and very likely will break down some internal preconceived notions about a product.

However, designing products this way interweaves usability and a general user/customer focus, into the design stages, making it more likely that the product will meet the needs and expectations of the people who will buy it and use it.

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