UCD Award

The Stanley Caplan User Centered Design Award

The Award

The award emphasizes both product design and the user-centered design (UCD) methods used to specify and achieve the design.

Emphasis is placed on innovative and user-centered approaches to Human Factors and Industrial Design. Consideration is limited to products, software or systems that are purchased for use in the home, in the workplace, or while mobile. They include consumer, commercial, and medical products, but exclude military equipment or systems. The product or system nominated has be operational at the time of nomination. Products already on the market for more than three years are not considered.

Over the years, the Award has honored a wide variety of products and companies.

The Product Design Technical Group (PDTG)

The PDTG of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is dedicated to developing products that are useful, usable, safe and desirable by applying the methods of human factors, consumer research, user research and design research. Members of the group are concerned with traditional consumer products as well as commercial products and industrial products.

Who is Stanley Caplan?

The award is named after Stanley Caplan, an HFES fellow, for all his efforts and accomplishments over the years at promoting the importance of user-centered design and research within industry and mentoring others to do the same.

History of the logo.

Used for the first time in 2015, the award features a logo designed by the 2013 winner, Charles L Mauro CHFP, President/Founder, MauroNewMedia, Inc.