What is human-centered design?
Human-centered design is a process for creating digital products that are easy and fun to use. By placing the user at the center of the design process, we ensure that the products we create meet users’ needs, are easy to learn, and easy to use.
What kinds of products do you create using human-centered design?
Any type of product with a graphical user interface: Web sites, mobile applications, desktop applications, ATM’s, vehicle dashboards, smart watches, and more.
What exactly do you do as part of the human-centered design process?
The process usually has four steps:
- User research – we get to know our users and their needs by conducting observations and interviews.
- Conceptual design – we brainstorm, sketch, create prototypes and get users’ feedback on our early ideas.
- Development – we write computer code to create rough working prototypes.
- Evaluation – we conduct usability testing to identify and fix any issues that prevent the user from having a great experience with our product.
What kind of jobs do people with these skills get?
Job titles are: User experience (UX) designer, usability engineer, information architect, interaction designer, user experience architect, user experience researcher.
Are these skills in demand on the job market?
What will the students’ experience be like in this major?
Most of our courses are taught in studio environments, where students are actively engaged working on projects. The major has a series of Experience Studios where students work on client projects. By the time they graduate, HCDD students will have 3.5 years of working experience on real client projects.
Great! Where can I learn more about this major?
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