Human-centered design means that designs are adjusted to potential users and more largely to every stakeholder of the projects.
However, behind this notion of human-centered design, there are different models of what it means to be human in relation to the world and others. These models can be summed up by three categories:
- Action: Humans act on the world
- Passion: The world acts on humans
- Mediation: Humans think about the world
Human-centered design does not only accommodate functions (action on the world) but also emotions (how the world affects us) and interpretations (a free design space, a milieu where we explore with different materials how to create meaning).
To understand how these different « figures » of the user help design, see Chapter 3: Creative Figures of Users.