Monday, June 19, 2006

China embraces User-Centred Designers

Growing user centered design in China...

"A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to be part of a user-centred design (UCD) workshop tour of China as part of the ,a href="http://www.sesun-usability.org/">SESUN project. The aim of the project is for China and the EU to collaborate in the design of usable IT. For China, an objective of the workshops was to contribute to the development of usability practices in the Chinese IT industry. For Europe, an objective was to provide a window through which to showcase European expertise.

We gave workshops in Beijing, Dalian and Shanghai and on each occasion, we asked participants their background discipline and application area. Most participants were from the software industry or had an industrial design background. In fact, there are very few UCD courses offered by Chinese universities. As a result of this lack of formal training, many of the questions asked in the workshops reflected on the different roles in UCD, how the roles worked together, the skills required, and how to recruit and gauge UCD expertise."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)

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