“User Centeredness” is an understanding of a complex and wide range of influences that affect how people respond to the designed world.

This course introduces students to the principles and surrounding factors of the human experience and how to incorporate these perspectives into their work. Combined physical, cognitive, social, cultural, and emotional factors comprise the totality of the human experience and thus are central concerns to fully understand and become “user centered”.

Learning Objectives
This class will provide a comprehensive introduction to principles of five basic modes of the human experience.

  • Physical
  • Cognitive
  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Emotional

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to know and communicate the issues concerning the modes of human experience and their principles for better design. This will help students with their design thinking and enable them to be user-centric in their ideation of new design solutions.