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The black art of ergonomics

Scott, Andrew (2005) The black art of ergonomics. In D : -for design : -for derelique. Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Queensland, Brisbane, pp. 91-94.

Abstract

What is ergonomics and why should designers care? Ergonomics is an approach that tries to adapt things to suit people rather than the reverse. Giving a high priority to the wellbeing of the people who use an object or place is commonly known as a user-centred design philosophy, a term that is used more often than it is thought about. It implies that designers first and foremost design things to make people’s lives better and that motivations of personal expression and preference must come second. However many designers pay little attention to ergonomics in practice. Ultimately wether or not these steps are taken depends on the collective will of the profession and how much it values the people it serves. If designers are not user advocates in the design process who will be?

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ID Code: 2915
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This is the author's manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: aj.scott@qut.edu.au
Keywords: ergonomics, anthropometrics, interior design, user, centred design
ISBN: 1741071070
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 11:32

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