Beyond User-Centered Design

DS 58-2: Proceedings of ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Vol. 2, Design Theory and Research Methodology, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 24.-27.08.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Norell Bergendahl, M.; Grimheden, M.; Leifer, L.; Skogstad, P.; Lindemann, U.
Author: Lloveras, Joaquim
Series: ICED
Section: Design Theory and Research Methodology
Page(s): 157-166


The material evolution in the universe and the biological evolution in the Earth to given rise to the humanity that now can take in its hands a continuation of the evolution by means of artificial biological or technological systems. The technology developed by the man has multiplied its force, has expanded the capacities of its senses and has promoted some of its mental faculties. The designers of technological systems have developed machines and have established methodologies to improve the interaction man-machine. Being born the concept of user-centered design. This article discusses the ultimate reason that must guide the designer in the light of the recommendations or international treaties. Also some values in the basic structuring of the activities of the designer are enumerated and names for the new design centered beyond the user are proposed.

Keywords: biological and technological evolution, environment, politics, global-centered design


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