Teaching Human Centred Design

The 21st century is characterised by ever growing expectations regarding experiences, quality of life, privacy and ethics. With the growing pressure for human centred products, systems and services, the activity of design has taken centre stage in most customer driven innovation. Having often been described as the "century of the human mind", the current period is rich in interactivity, emotion and meaning. This talk will define in detail the paradigm of human centred design and will discuss the differing nature with respect to traditional design practice. The multidisciplinary paradigm will be defined in comparison to the main competing paradigms of technology-driven design and sustainable design. Teaching implications, differences in curriculum focus and programme examples will be provided.


Last Update: December 21, 2015