User-Centered Design Principles in Technical Writing: Exploring Methodologies for User-Friendly and Navigable Content

Authors

  • Shubham Kumar Singh
  • Sandeep Kumar
  • Shekh Amir

Keywords:

User-centered design, Principles, Methodologies, Technical communication

Abstract

This paper explores the principles and methodologies of User-Centered Design (UCD) and emphasizes its crucial role in enhancing product usability and user satisfaction. UCD, rooted in understanding user demands and experiences, not only increases product usefulness but also contributes to revenue generation. The principles outlined, such as creating designs unique to user needs and maintaining consistency, provide a foundation for ensuring a positive user experience throughout a product's lifecycle. The literature review delves into adoption and diffusion theories, highlighting the complex nature of technology adoption and the necessity to comprehend cognitive, emotional, and contextual aspects. Various studies underscore the evolution of Human-Centered Design (HCD) and the integration of UCD in different fields, emphasizing collaborative and contextually relevant engagements. Methodologies for UCD stress explicit user understanding, iterative design, and multidisciplinary collaboration. The paper outlines general phases of the UCD process, including specifying the context of use, identifying requirements, creating design solutions, and evaluating designs through usability testing. Challenges, such as limited user understanding and changing user needs, are addressed with solutions like thorough user research and iterative design processes. In conclusion, UCD is positioned as a fundamental approach for successful product development, fostering inclusivity, accessibility, and stakeholder education. The ongoing evolution of technology necessitates a user-centered mindset, ensuring adaptability to dynamic landscapes and contributing to the creation of effective and desirable designs.

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Published

22-11-2023

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How to Cite

[1]
S. K. Singh, S. Kumar, and S. Amir, “User-Centered Design Principles in Technical Writing: Exploring Methodologies for User-Friendly and Navigable Content”, IJMDES, vol. 2, no. 9, pp. 5–8, Nov. 2023, Accessed: Apr. 17, 2024. [Online]. Available: https://journal.ijmdes.com/ijmdes/article/view/173