Approaches to Interaction Design ~ By Dan Saffer ~

Parimala Hariprasad

User-Centered Design

 Focus is on User Needs and Goals

 Users guide the Design

 Designers translate User Needs and Goals

Activity-Centered Design

 Focus is on Tasks and Activities

 User performs Activities

 Designers create Tools and Actions

System Design

 Focus is on System Components

 User sets Goals for the System

 Designers make sure all system parts are in place

Genius Design

 Relies on the skill and wisdom of designers to make products

 Users are source of validation

 Designer is the source of inspiration

 E.g., iPod by Jonathan Ive and Team

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