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Design Observations is a Course

Design Observations

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Observing in the design world is crucial for identifying true user needs. By exploring the context and determining the effectiveness of different concepts and prototypes directly with the users, you might more appropriately address a problem at hand. Observations are crucial in all settings, from behaviors of drivers of the US. vs. Japanese cars to farming in low-resource settings. Active observations not only lead to a better understanding of the design context to be addressed, but also inform more appropriate design solutions for the intended users.


After completing this block you will be able to:

  • Articulate why observing is important in the design process

  • Plan and perform meaningful observations in various settings

  • Employ observation frameworks to capture observational data



Block Developers: Allison Powell, Aliya Jawad, Sara Hoffman, Maria Young, and Shanna Daly

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