Human-centeredness is a core quality of design. Design has gained special momentum, in the last couple of decades, mainly because of its efficiency towards innovation challenges. Where did it all start?
First, let's keep this analysis as short as possible. The goal is to reach AI not make a design assessment on HCD history.
During the 1960s, due to technological developments, designers had to shift their focus from Form,
as a product of a mere design task, towards the quest of Human Needs
as an innovative 'material' to support the ramification of mass production. Design has changed its scope well beyond the conception of artifacts which required a new perspective on the design methods of the time. From this moment, designers are also concerned to understand the intrinsic value of products and services.
In 1969, Nobel Prize laureate Herbert Simon published "The Sciences of the Artificial
", an influential paper on design methods that for the first time formally outlined the process underline Design Thinking. Simon's model presented a process of seven stages, where each component stages and activities has been the cornerstone of the design process for decades.