Ergonomics for the Layman: Applications in Design, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ergonomics for the Layman

Applications in Design, 1st Edition

By Prabir Mukhopadhyay

CRC Press

152 pages | 78 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367334994
pub: 2019-09-13
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This book explains the application of ergonomics in three different areas of design, namely product, space, and communication. The book is written in layman's language and provides examples so the reader can easily apply the principles to their designs.

This book is easy to understand for those without any background in science and technology. It provides a guide for designers from diverse fields ranging from product design to graphic design and shows how to apply the ergonomics principles in products ranging from hand-held products to bigger products. It explains the application of anthropometric dimensions, as well as how to design for different spaces ranging from bathrooms to cinema halls. It also focuses on the application of communication ranging from displays to graphic design and discusses selection of color as well.

This book is ideal for all design students, practicing designers in any field, design faculty, entry level engineering students, and anyone without science or technology background that is interested in exploring the field of ergonomics.


  • Explains the principles of ergonomics in "layman's language" complete with examples
  • Specifically written in such a way to make it easily understood for those not educated in the field
  • Shows how to apply the ergonomics principles in design
  • Provides an overview of the topic of ergonomics
  • Written in a story telling format

Table of Contents

1: Introduction. 2: Systems Perspective of Ergonomics in Design. 3: Human Body Dimension. 4: Ergonomics Principles of Hand-Held Products. Chapter 5: Ergonomics of Space. 6: Exhibition Ergonomics. 7: Cognitive Ergonomics. 8: Ergonomics of Display and Control. 9: Visual Ergonomics. 10: Ergonomics in Intangible Design. 11: Ergonomics in Color. 12: Exercises in Ergonomics Related to Design: Some Guidelines.

About the Author

Prabir Mukhopadhyay holds a BSc Honours Degree in Physiology and an MSc Degree in Physiology with specialization in Ergonomics and Work Physiology both from the Calcutta University, India. He holds a PhD in Industrial Ergonomics from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Prabir started working with noted ergonomist Prof R.N. Sen, at the Calcutta University both for his Master’s Thesis and later on a project sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India… It was during this time Prabir developed a keen interest in the subject and wanted to build his career in ergonomics. He joined the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India as an Ergonomist for one of the projects for the Indian Railways. There he was mentored by Dr S. Ghosal, the project lead. He then joined the same institute as a faculty in ergonomics. During his tenure at Ahmedabad, he worked on many consultancy projects related to ergonomics. Some of his clients there included the Indian Railways, Self Employed Women’s Association and the United Nation Industrial Development Organization.

After working there for two years Prabir left for the University of Limerick, Ireland, on a European Union Funded Project under the supervision of Prof T. J. Gallwey. He completed his PhD in Industrial Ergonomics from the same University and decided to return to India to apply his acquired knowledge. He joined the National Institute of Design, Post Graduate Campus at Gandhinagar, India as a faculty in ergonomics. There he headed the Software and User interface Design discipline. He also completed a research project funded by Ford Foundation-National Institute of Design on ergonomics design intervention in the craft sectors at Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. Simultaneously he started teaching ergonomics across different design disciplines at other campuses of the institute like Ahmedabad and Bangalore as well.

After working there for around five years, Prabir joined his present Institute (Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur, India) as an Assistant Professor in the Design. He was later promoted to an Associate Professor and later became the Discipline head. He teaches practices and researches in different areas of ergonomics and its application in design. He is a bachelor, and his hobbies include watching action movies, listening to Indian and Western Music, travelling and cooking.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Cognitive Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / Product