I moderated a panel at the recent SEGD Xlab event in New York City with Jared Ficklin from Argodesign and Darren David from Stimulant.  While these designers couldn’t be more different, they agreed on a fundamental idea of human-centered design, whether that be of devices or spaces.  Technology should create magicians.  It should bestow the users with super powers.  They should act and see things changing in their world. 

Technology should read their minds.  It should make previous hard things easy.  It should create conveniences and comforts.  It should support their decisions and their goals.  It should allow them control of their world and environment.