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UX for the Web by Cara Winterbottom, Marli Ritter

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User-centered design (UCD)

User-centered design (UCD) is the design philosophy that provides guidelines within the software development cycle to always focus on the user's wants, needs, and limitations to create the best possible end product for the user. This philosophy does not prescribe which tools to use and can thus be applied to waterfall or agile developments methodologies.

Even though many organizations adjust the UCD scope and the naming of steps, the basic foundation of the UCD PROCESS is always the same: RESEARCH, CONCEPT, DESIGN, DEVELOP, and TEST. After each cycle, iterations are made based on the users' feedback, thus improving ...

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