As society continues to grow, both literally and within the user world, there have been a lot of pushes to make it easier to use amongst all the generations. Whether technology, or communication, applying a standard design to make it easier for others to perceive you is at the utmost of your importance. According to an article by User Focus, User-Centered design is “a development method that guarantees your product, software or web site will be easy to use.” Never did I know that speciality of something like this but it seems to be such a prominent focus in society today. There are so many different focuses throughout the internet that state what is appropriate and what is not, by I am going to give you my advice on making this user centered design practical in today’s world.
Although I have trouble with this myself, your number one focus when trying to reach this user centered design is to make sure that you know what your focus is. Sometime when we are writing, producing a project for school, or even communicating to an employer, we are unsure of what we are trying to say. You must have a definitive objective or reason to build off of. By doing that, you will have already taken steps in the right direction. This is a hard place to get to, but if you read this article by howdesign.com that this focus come from research and knowing your audience. One of the most essential things that we communicate with today is a resume. Some people change them based on employers and some do not but it is so important to understand who you are showcasing yourself too. If you are applying to a restaurant they probably would like to see if you have restaurant experience- therefore, if you have it make sure to not leave that out. Create and maintain that focus of the user.
The technology industry is continuing to grow and as millennials moving into the business world, it is important that we also understand how to use this user centered design in the way that we might develop something. An iterative design is one of the most important aspects of the user centered design. When assessing user testing, issues must be fixed. If you’re have issue with your product, chances are everyone else will as well; even if they seem to be happening not as frequently as you feel. In my eyes, this iterative design goes for a lot more than just technology, but software, business plans, paper prototypes, and many many more. Usabilityfirst.com explains that this user centered design is bridging the gap between people and machines, but my thought it that you can apply it to way more than that. This iterative design that is such an important part of the user centered design is really relevant to more than machines. The user interface that machines hold can also be looked at as the user interface that other use to communicate with you as well. By being easy or others to communicate with you, it supplies you with more opportunities for growth and to eliminate the problem that you may have.