It doesn't fit

08 Mar 2019 7:35 AM | John Heap (Administrator)

Remember ergonomics?  Not many people seem to.


I often see products that look like the designer has no idea of the shape and size of a typical person.  They may have been designed for an average human being of the 1940s ...  but not the 21st century.


Think seats on public transport, on aeroplanes, in cars.  You have to squeeze yourself into an impossibly small space - especially if the next seat is already occupied.


And control systems and and 'user interfaces' which are too often user-hostile rather than user-friendly.


And don't get me started on instruction manuals - translated from the original Japanese or Chinese into modern gobbledegook.


People change gradually from one size to another - or one frame of mind to another. There should be plenty of time for designers to 'catch up'.  This would involve a little more thought - but in addressing control systems, user comfort, user understanding, ease of use and so on could significantly improve productivity.


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