by Erik Loehfelm,

In the creation of your Application Definition Statement, you’ll want to spend time considering your users. What are the distinguishing features of your intended audience? What is most important to them? How will they use your application in a physical context? In the zoo example we may ask whether our users:

  • are children exploring the zoo with a class
  • are parents guiding their children through the experience at the zoo
  • intend to use features of the application at home or prior to arriving at the zoo
  • have children with them on a zoo visit
  • love to learn about and see animals

Focus on the user of your application is critical to its success and forms the cornerstone of user-centered design theory.