From UBC Wiki

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 [1]. 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 [2] . 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 [3] .


User-centered Design. Retrieved March 1, 2007, from

Usability, User-Centered Design, & Learnability: Retrieved March 1, 2007, from