Glossary Term:

Human-centered Design

Human-centered Design

An approach to interactive systems development that aims to make systems usable and useful by focusing on the users, their needs and requirements, and by applying human factors/ergonomics, and usability knowledge and techniques. This approach enhances effectiveness and efficiency, improves human well-being, user satisfaction, accessibility and sustainability; and counteracts possible adverse effects of use on human health, safety and performance.

Note 1: The term “human-centred design” is used rather than “user-centred design” in order to emphasize that this document also addresses impacts on a number of stakeholders, not just those typically considered as users. However, in practice, these terms

Note 2: Usable systems can provide a number of benefits including improved productivity, enhanced user well-being, avoidance of stress, increased accessibility, and reduced risk of harm.



ISO 9241-210:2010: Human-centred design for interactive systems
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