What Is Human Centred Design?

  title={What Is Human Centred Design?},
  author={Joseph Giacomin},
  journal={The Design Journal},
  pages={606 - 623}
  • J. Giacomin
  • Published 1 December 2014
  • Business
  • The Design Journal
ABSTRACT Reflections upon the meaning of the word ‘design’ are made and a relatively complete definition of the paradigm of human centred design is formulated. Aspects of both the background and the current practice of the paradigm are presented, as is a basic structural model of the design questions addressed. Examples are provided of the economic benefit of human centred design in business settings as an approach for designing products, systems and services which are physically, perceptually… 

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