Free course

People-centred designing

Free statement of participation on completion

Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important phenomenon of people-centred design. It aims to inform consumers of design (i.e., all of us) about this crucial characteristic of design. In addition to stimulating interest in areas of concern for producers of design, the course might also provide an introduction to engineering, manufacturing and business studies.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of user-centred designing
  • criticise some everyday products from a user's point of view
  • suggest and apply some appropriate methods for researching how users interact with products
  • apply comparison and evaluation skills, including constructive criticism of everyday products
  • apply observational skills in the context of both personal and others' use of products.