Ergonomics and User Centered Design, involves the application of scientific knowledge about human capabilities and limitations to design. Anthropometry is a component of ergonomics that involves the measurement of human scale and strength. Ergonomics and anthropometry play a fundamental role in the Bachelor of Design and Technology Innovation.
The scale and capabilities of humans provides critical guidelines for the successful development of product and interface designs. Through the appropriate application of data, designers can create products that are efficient and effective to use. This topic introduces the various measures of both efficiency and scale, and informs students where to find and how to set about interpreting scientific data.
Navigating a future in which constant technological change and disruption is the new norm, requires that we must constantly evaluate the impacts that technology ultimately places on its various users.
Ergonomics is the process of designing technological artefacts, environments and systems so that they fit the people who use them. It is a branch of science that aims to inform designers about human abilities and limitations, and then apply this learning to improve people's interaction with technology. As technologies evolve, so too does the need to ensure that the tools we access for work, rest and play are designed to meet our body's requirements.
Ergonomics and User Centred Design develops student's capacity to create safe, comfortable and productive products, systems and environments, by bringing human abilities and limitations into the design technology while considering a user's age, gender, capacity, body size, strength, skill, speed, sensory abilities (vision, hearing), and attitudes.
The topic aims to provide students with ability, knowledge and skills in: