Origins of Human Centered Design
Human Centered Design is a concept in the business world describing a specific approach to creating new solutions. It has its roots in the first participatory design methods developed in the 1960s. The term Human Centered Design arose in the 1990s when development methods shifted from a technology-driven focus to a humanised one.
You can look at Human Centered Design from different angles:
It’s about mindset shifts or ways of asking questions differently to find what matters most for clients (section 1).
It's a process to help guide you through the labyrinth of early-stage innovation (section 2).
It’s a specific set of tools and methods intended to create new solutions tailored to customers’ needs (section 3).
It’s not always applicable, so you should also know when not to use Human Centered Design (section 4).
It can serve as a lever for culture transformation programs (section 5).