What’s human-centered design and how does it affect our lives?

What is it?

Human-centered design is an approach to problem solving, commonly used in design and management frameworks that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process.

Change Maker Interview

(My original idea for the project didn’t work out due to the coronavirus situation. Instead, I facetimed my friend Bruce who is an avid industrial designer. )

A screenshot of me interviewing Bruce


Me: Please introduce yourself.

Bruce: Hi, I’m Bruce. I’m a junior and I go to Hamden Hall Country Day School. I’m very passionate about product design and I’ve participated in many design competition.

Me: Can you tell me why you like industrial design so much?
Bruce: Sure! I feel like people use different products all the time. Physical products and digital products are essential parts of our lives. As a product designer, I have the opportunity to use my hard skills and come up with new ideas to design new products or refine existing products to create better user experience and make people’s lives more convenient and joyful.

Me:That’s very cool!
Bruce: Also, product design is something that’s very tangible. People actually use the products that product designers designed. That also makes this process extremely fulfilling to me.

Me: What your favorite product that you designed ?
Bruce: I’ve been preparing a portfolio for college app. In my portfolio, the project that I’m most proud of is a redesign of cafeteria trays. These trays are divided into different sections of different sizes with different colors. Each section is for a specific type of food such as vegetable and meat. The goal is to guide people to eat a balanced meal.

Me: Thank you very much.

A redesign by Bruce of school cafeteria trays

How does human-centered design affect our lives?

People use all kinds of physical and digital products everyday. Our life quality is greatly affected by these products. Therefore, like Bruce mentioned, using human-centered design expertise to design user centered products(could be digital or physical) is vital in terms of creating optimal user experiences. For example, a user friendly web page should be very easy for users to navigate and users should be able to achieve what they want through the web page easily.


A brief run-through of a user-centered design process

(Source: An interactive app that I designed in my portfolio)

  • Mindmap problem solving (A collection of all the potential problems/user scenarios related to the particular product)
  • User Segmentation/Storyboard (Figuring out different groups of potential users and illustrating the potential user scenario)
  • Information Architecture (Different functions of multiple user interfaces and the design of them)
  • Usability Testing (Interview of potential users to get their feedback)
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  1. April 26, 2020 by George

    Hi, Zean! I really enjoyed reading your webpage! I will be studying either mechanical or material engineering in college, and, while not directly related to the topic of human centered design, I still think that your project is very applicable to many of the fields I may work in. I think that human centered design is something that is often overlooked today, especially in software. Many programs U.I.s are clunky, hard to navigate, and frustrating. Even in things like cars, controls can be placed in a way that makes them difficult and frustrating to use. I wish more companies invested time into enhancing their usability. Great Project!

  2. April 26, 2020 by Cole

    Nice job Zean! I like how you included a transcript of your interview as well as an example of a human centered design. I appriciate that you proveded a very detailed explanation of the design process with examples along the way. Your app seems pretty fun and I am looking forward to seeing it come out. There are definitely certain aspects of my life which I feel like were not designed for humans!

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