This page was originally authored by Crystal Waldowski (2007).
The Philosophy and Process of User-Centered Design
User-centered design is a philosophy (viewpoint) that identifies the individual user as the fundamental variable that powers any particular design . As a design model (application), user-centered design utilizes methodologies that provide pertinent information about the individuals, who will engage in a created product or system  . This design model places a direct focus on the individual users throughout the planning, design and development of a product or a system. Thus, the essential aim of the user-centered design process is to develop a product or system that will be usable and beneficial for the prospective users  .
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