Small and big persons, disabled and elderly, expectant mothers and children. Everyone will fall into one of these categories at least once in their lifetime. In fact, demographics show that at least two of every five people vary from the norm in height, width, and weight at any given time. Yet customarily, designers design for adults of regular size with standard abilities. Written by an expert in human factors and ergonomics, Extraordinary Ergonomics explores designing for population groups that do not meet the customary standards in age, size, and abilities.
Underscoring the need for extraordinary ergonomics, the book illustrates various approaches to measuring the characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of those who differ from the norm. It provides the how-tos of designing for people who are smaller, weaker, or bigger, discusses specifically the design for persons with disabilities and the aging population, and covers human factors engineering for expectant mothers and ergonomics for children and teenagers. The author explains how to assess and determine abilities and needs and demonstrates how to design tools, homes, and environments to make working space safe and living space easy.
Table of Contents
"Extraordinary" Individuals and Groups of People. Assessment Methods and Techniques. Principles of Human Factors. Design for Movement with Special Solutions for the Very Small and Big, For those with Low Back Problems, and for Bedridden Persons. Design for Persons with Disabilities. Design for Aging. Design for Expectant Mothers. Design for Children and Adolescents.
Kroemer, Karl H.E.