ergonomics-real-design

18 November 2009 – 7 March 2010
“Described as the science of everyday life, ergonomics combines the knowledge of human performance with design and engineering to create systems, products and services which are safe, efficient and enjoyable to use. From the humble tape measure and TV remote control, to the vast and comple…x areas of transport systems and medical care, ergonomics improves how we interact with the world around us. Through prototypes, interactive displays and examples of ergonomic design, this exhibition reveals the importance of ergonomics in creating effective design for the real world.

Ergonomics is the unsung hero of good design and is often only noticeable by its absence, when a product is badly designed or fails to be user-friendly. It’s a thin line between mistaking the hot and cold tap to averting an air traffic disaster or power station meltdown. A misplaced element in either system can be fatal and whilst the consequences are majorly different the theory is much the same.  Through prototypes, interactive displays and examples of ergonomically designed pieces including the Sky TV remote and the CERN Control Room, this exhibition reveals the importance that ergonomics plays in creating design for the real world. Dr Mark Young, Senior Lecture at Human-Centred Design Institute Brunel University comments “Ergonomics is about applying science and method to what might otherwise be assumed as common sense, you could call it ‘evidence-based design’ and this exhibition showcases the added value that ergonomics can bring to the design process.”

Find out more online:
http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2009/2009-ergonomics-real-design

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