HCDE K-12 Outreach

UCD Charrette

Middle and high school students experience user-centered design process through a User-Centered Design (UCD) Charrette. UCD charrette is a fast-paced design activity where students ideate users, user needs, and scenarios; develop an interaction flow; and design a technology that matches the interaction flow.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is UCD?

User-Centered Design (UCD) is a problem-solving process from the perspective of how it will be understood and used by a user.

What is a charrette?

A charrette is an intense period of design activity.

How long is each workshop?

Workshop length varies by school. The standard charrette is 50 minutes long, but we have run 2-hour, 2-day, and week-long workshops as well.

What do you end up with in the workshop?

Our current workshop design produces an app prototype using Marvel, a digital prototyping tool.

Where can I learn more about the workshop?

This website gives an overview description of UCD Charrette. We also offer a UCD Charrette booklet which acts as a toolkit to prepare and run a workshop. If you are interested in learning more about the booklet, please contact HCDE Outreach at hcdek12@uw.edu.