What is User-Centred Design, and why does it matter?

What is User-Centred Design, and why does it matter?

10:01 27 September in Education, School Interior Design, Study Space Research

User-Centred Design is where users of a space are consulted before the design process. This could be through a series of workshops, questionnaires or other methods of information gathering. This proven design model enables tangible and beneficial changes to be put in place.

To implement a successful user-centred design scheme, insightful questions need to be asked to uncover the real needs and aims of the users in your space. Once you have a detailed understanding of their daily requirements and challenges, it gives context to the design scheme and allows you to future-proof your space.

User-centred interior design will always guarantee you the best long-term investment from your project. You can turn a potentially large investment into an opportunity for positive change. User-centred design can also be implemented to help integrate new ways of learning and implement modern technology.

Throughout our design process, we’ll involve students and other stakeholders. We invite them to evaluate our designs, test furniture and collaborate on chosen finishes or features. Including students in your user-centred design increases ownership of the space, and is particularly powerful if you are struggling with vandalism.

The outcome of a user-centred design is always a personal and bespoke interior design scheme that truly meets the needs of the users within your space.

Watch how we worked with the students at Norwich High School

 

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