28 June 2007

Brunel University in the UK opens user-centred design centre

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“Brunel University [in the UK] is the latest higher education body to launch an initiative […] focusing on user-centred design, and has devised an education and research programme that will explore how methods used in psychology, physics and technology can be applied to product and industrial product design,” writes Design Week.

“The Human Centred Design Institute, led by Professor Joseph Giacomin, head of design and perception enhancement systems research at Brunel, and Professor Neville Stanton, a member of the DTI Human Factors National Advisory Committee, will pull together a host of design consultancies and practitioners, academic researchers, engineers and scientists, to develop ‘design processes for the 21st century’. […]

Over the next three years the centre is to publish design textbooks and will organise seminars and an international conference on user-centred design, to be held in London in early 2009.

A newly created one-year MA course in user-centred design launches this autumn, and undergraduate design students will have access to the centre’s teaching resources.”

Not a very promising design statement however is the poorly implemented website of the centre. It even has technical problems, with lack of font consistency, under construction pages, not-loading photos, and jumping text margins.

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