User-Centered Design

Following my last post about human-computer interaction, I am going to talk a little bit about User-Centered Design which is a methodology to achieve a good human-computer interaction. So, what is User-Centered Design… A design method User-Centered Design (UCD) is a design methodology that is about designing interactive technologies to meet users’ needs. We can divide it in four stages: Understand users’ needs Establishing requirements Prototyping Evaluanting designs Its key characteristics are: Understand users and their needs Focus on users early in the design and evaluation.

Human-Computer Interaction

So, as I said in a previous post, I am taking a course on Human-Computer Interaction, a subject that deals with almost everything that involves our everyday lives. Who has not used a mobile phone? a computer? a vending machine? Even a simple elevator, that would seem to most people unrelated to computers, has to do with HCI, the interaction between a person and the thing in question. The textbook on which the course is based is Interaction Design, beyond human-computer interaction by Rogers, Sharp and Preece, on which most of these notes are taken.

Background briefing on FON

Some days ago I posted that I was writing a report for one of my courses at the University of Sussex. I chose to research on FON. The aim of this paper is to show a factual description of how this company is using technology in its business model, nothing more, nothing less :-) Enjoy Introduction FON is a recently created start-up company in Spain, founded by Martin Varsavsky, an Argentine entrepreneur, founder of many companies in the last 20 years, five of which have become very successful.