There has been some solid work done in the area of User-Centered Design (UCD) over the last few years. What’s been missing is an in-depth, comprehensive textbook that connects UCD to usability and User Experience (UX) principles and practices. This new textbook discusses a theoretical framework in relation to other design theories. It provides a repeatable, practical process for implementation, offering numerous examples, methods, and case studies for support, and it emphasizes best practices in specific environments, including mobile and web applications, print products, as well as hardware.
"Yes! This is the book I have been looking for over the past 10 years of teaching media design. It is sufficiently practical but also with a high-level of theoretical underpinnings."
— Brett Oppegaard, University of Hawaii, USA
"Fundamentals of User-Centered Design: A Practical Approach is a "one-stop shop" for students and practitioners who need a comprehensive, well-written introduction to UCD principles and usability testing practices from authors who clearly have some "dirt under their fingernails." It’s full of excellent examples and practical illustrations from industry, and it’s written in a very comprehensible voice that even basic undergraduate students can understand."
— Tharon W. Howard, Clemson University, USA
1. Introduction to User-Centered Design
3. UCD Principles
4. Research Users
5. Assess the Situation
6. Balance and Filter Design Features
7. Build Out an Operative Image
8. Test the Design
9. RIDE (Report, Iterate, Deploy, Evaluate)
10. International UCD
11. Hardware UCD
12. Print UCD
13. Mobile UCD
14. UCD Teams
15. UCD Tools and Technologies