As the name indicates, Human-Centered Design, focus’ on human involvement and advancement. Through using innovation and diversity, the goal is to not accept but to push further ahead. There are eight components which play into this:
1. Absorb new knowledge and transform it
2. Draw conclusions about the unknown from the known
3. Take initiatives
4. Make decisions
5. Work with a team
6. Adopt a systematic, analytical approach
7. Plan independently
8. Take on responsibilityHuman-Centered Design keeps the human involved and encourages thinking outside of the box. It calls on one to participate and go above and beyond and strive for more. As stated by Jacobson, “We are gradually becoming observers of life rather than its active participants” (p. 80). Looking at things “from a new angle” is one context of Human-Centered Design. Complacency is a weakness and ultimately leads to a lack of drive and production. This theory asks people to seek out answers rather than just continue with the one solution that may have already been established. With a growing and culturally diverse society, one answer for everything cannot be the only option.
As with everything, there is a negative side to Human-Centered Design. This theory is based on a desire to achieve more. Most people become content with the way things are. Society has shifted and many just go with the flow. This theory is only as successful as those who attempt to practice it. Therefore this theory will not work for everyone.
Human-Centered Design is appealing to me because it is exciting and encouraging to stimulate and promote many ideas and create connections between varying groups and people.