Using TheDesignExchange as a knowledge platform for human-centered design-driven global development

DS 87-1 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 1: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Kramer, Julia; Poreh, Danielle; Agogino, Alice
Series: ICED
Institution: UC Berkeley, United States of America
Section: Resource Sensitive Design, Design Research Applications and Case Studies
Page(s): 101-110
ISBN: 978-1-904670-89-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


Human-centered design, for its value in allowing design practitioners to deeply engage with and understand the manifold needs of their end-users, is often invoked to tackle challenges of poverty and development around the world. TheDesignExchange is the largest comprehensive database of human-centered design methods and has been built to support designers working in a broad range of project and topic areas. Given the burgeoning interest in leveraging human-centered design methods to address challenges in resource-limited settings, theDesignExchange has begun building out case studies to support a network of designers around the world in addressing complex challenges of poverty and development using a human-centered design process.

Keywords: Design methods, Design methodology, Case study, Global development, theDesignExchange


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