Mind the Map: The Role of Shared Awareness in Effective User-Centered Design

  • C. Calefato
  • R. Montanari
  • F. Tesauri


This paper is focused on the importance of collaboration during the parallel phases of a design process. A User Centered Design (UCD) chain is usually led jointly by interaction designers and software developers teams. In order to make this chain efficient and effective, both teams must share a common view of the project, allowing to keep parallel processes, aware of each other’s needs and aims. A study is reported here, aimed at pointing out stages and features that can reinforce and improve the effectiveness of groups of designers coming from different backgrounds at work. The objective was to apply UCD in a critical way, in order to give to some concepts a more precise meaning and to increase its power.


Situation Awareness Human Machine Interface Heuristic Evaluation Visual Display Terminal Team Situation Awareness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Università di Modena Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly

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