Goal of the DfU research project
The Design for Usability (DfU) project developed a design methodology and several tools to anticipate expectations and needs of users on the one hand, and product influences on use practices on the other.
The DfU project team existed of 5 PhD’s, many researchers and a graduation student. They all worked on their individual research topics, but they also cooperated in order to exchange usability related knowledge that was already available at the universities and to share the knowledge gained during the project.
Approach: from theory to methods & tools
During the first year the PhD’s and researchers have done extensive literature research. Based on this literature research many papers were written and presented at conferences. The knowledge gained was shared with students, researchers and companies at the DfU website, the Uselog.com weblog, lectures, workshops and at the three DfU symposia.
The next step was to incorporate this knowledge in new usability methods and tools that can be used by product development companies to help them make more usable products. The method and tools were tested at the User Committee companies and worked out into easy-to-use card sets, booklets or workshops with instruction guide and can be downloaded at this website.
All methods & tools are also put in the Design for Usability book that can be downloaded or ordered at this website by the end of 2012.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011 the DfU team organized a Design for Usability symposium on World Usability Day. At these symposia people from industry, design agencies and universities updated their usability knowledge via inspiring lectures and workshops. The lectures that were filmed and the symposium proceedings of the 2009 symposium are still available on this website.