Sunday, February 26, 2012

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 responsibility
Human-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.


  1. Hi Jill,

    I think you effectively summarized human-centered design. Here are my recommendations of the design:

    I think that the background is not balanced and somewhat distracting. The shape and direction of the lines suggest that there is a vanishing point, which is typically positioned at the center of the page. The 2 sides do not appear to have the same vanishing point, making it unbalanced. However, I think that the 2 different sizes of the lines does provide contrast.

    I also think that using more color and font elements in the content part of the blog would provide more contrast and make it stand out more. I think that the gray color is well suited for the "about me" section, but it is hard to differentiate this section from the post content because the font color is the same and there is not a lot of space between the post content and the about me content. Also, it might help to title the post because the "blog archive" section relays the first sentence of your post and the words become fragmented.

    I hope this helps, please visit my blog and provide feedback

    Thanks :)

  2. Jill,
    I think you have explained the human-centered design theory well. Your post has the core information and flow. I like your background, but I think the blog font could use a little more contrast. The way if looks now it is almost blurry.
    Overall your post delivers the message without clutter.

    Patrick Warren