User-centered Design (UCD) = User-oriented design

16. April 2008 – 00:29

The internet with its graphical browsers since 1995. Since then, there are also usability issues and usability rules. Since many of the websites are still to be found (partially in the cache) this is very nice documented.

10 Years later, much has changed: Today, there are the new so-called Web 2.0.
RSS, Atom, Trackback, Social bookmarking, iPod and Podcasting, AJAX, Blogosphere and Google-Maps are just some of the Buzzwords, together for Web 2.0 are.

Nevertheless, there are many unsolved Web 1.0 Problems and great usability weaknesses, such as broken screens, Registration for old and new standards, etc..

Obviously, each agency maintains a simple operation are the focus, still falls on, conceive that many web designers still defective and unfit for use or.
In usability has the method of User-Centered Design enforced. However, many lack even here the experience of applying.

Nutzerorientiertes Design (UCD) is a general expression of a philosophy and methodology, the end-users in the design of computer systems and software involves. This means, that the (future) Users of a website or a product with his duties, Objectives and characteristics directly influenced the development process.

participate in the manner in which users may differ. One option as needs are identified early, is the participation of eligible target group of usability tests.
These tests are now performed mostly in familiar surroundings such as office or at home, to obtain unbiased results.
Today, users are sometimes so intensely involved in the entire design process, that a part-time job's worth. Have been developed a variety of methods, a UCD including Usability-Tests, Usability-Engineering, heuristischen Evaluation, to support assessment and special offers.
The involvement of users early in the design process has been clearly demonstrated, that the results were more functional and user-friendly designs.

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