People-Centered Design

Our major focus is upon design as a way of thinking, of focusing upon how people interact with complex systems and technology, and upon ensuring that we solve the right problem, the root issues that define the true needs of the people and groups that we serve.

The Design Lab draws upon almost all areas within the university: we work with the schools and divisions of Art and Humanities, Medicine, Global Policy and Strategy, Engineering, Management, and Social Science. We are:

1. Focused upon People-Centered approaches to Complex Sociotechnical Systems;

2. Organized around Centers of Excellence, each addressing a substantive problem area;

3. Building a substantive body of theory and evidence-based findings to establish a solid scientific basis for design.


Research

Activity-Centered Visualization
Design-Driven Transformation
Health Design
Large-scale, Individualized Learning
People-Centered Automation
Social Computing
Work, Technology, and Society
EXPLORE RESEARCH


Education

Minor in Design
Design@Large Speaker Series
Workshops & Studio Sessions
LEARN DESIGN

Community

Collaborative
Design Forward Alliance
Student Groups
EXPLORE COMMUNITY

For us, design is a way of thinking that can be applied to any problem, any discipline. We focus on the needs and understanding of the people who are served or affected by the design. Our focus is upon user-centered design of complex systems. User-Centered System Design defines our work and our name: UCSD.

Don Norman

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OPEN FACULTY AND STAFF POSITIONS

PROSPECTIVE PHD STUDENTS

RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION

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