About Ergonomics, About Design, About the User

By Andrée Woodcock.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The relationship between ergonomics and the disciplines it seeks to inform has been described as problematic. Interventions in design decisions may be seen as inappropriate, superficial or occurring too late in the design lifecycle. However, little research has been presented which shows how ergonomics is used throughout applied research projects which in themselves lead to system or product designs. This paper explores the way ergonomics and user centred design informs such projects. It is argued that by working with other disciplines, ergonomics can be enriched and broadened and that the systematic and holistic approach taken by ergonomists can be used to shape the research process. The hexagon-spindle model (Benedyk and Woodcock, 2009) is used to exemplify how a structured approach can be brought to the consideration of user issues and the design of evaluation studies.

Keywords: User Centred Design, Applied Research, Ergonomics, School Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.177-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 747.615KB).

Prof. Andrée Woodcock

Chair of Educational Ergonomics and Design, School of Art and Design, Coventry University, Coventry, UK

My work is in applied ergonomics. I have led and currently work on a number of projects in areas related to the design of health care, assistive technoloy, transport, education and public spaces. I am lead of SIGs in health and well being and educational ergonomics. I also supervise 10 PhD students from all areas of art and design and am leader of the Design and Ergonomics Applied Research group.

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