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Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design

Uses and Applications

Edited by Waldemar Karwowski, Marcelo M. Soares, Neville A. Stanton

© 2011 – CRC Press

522 pages | 219 B/W Illus.

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Every day we interact with thousands of consumer products. We not only expect them to perform their functions safely, reliably, and efficiently, but also to do it so seamlessly that we don’t even think about it. However, with the many factors involved in consumer product design, from the application of human factors and ergonomics principles to reducing risks of malfunction and the total life cycle cost, well, the process just seems to get more complex. Edited by well-known and well-respected experts, the two-volumes of Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design simplify this process.

The second volume, Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design: Uses and Applications, discusses challenges and opportunities in the design for product safety and focuses on the critical aspects of human-centered design for usability. The book contains 14 carefully selected case studies that demonstrate application of a variety of innovative approaches that incorporate Human Factor and Ergonomics (HF/E) principles, standards, and best practices of user-centered design, cognitive psychology, participatory macro-ergonomics, and mathematical modeling. These case studies also identify many unique aspects of new product development projects, which have adopted a user-centered design paradigm as a way to attend to user requirements.

The case studies illustrate how incorporating HF/E principles and knowledge in the design of consumer products can improve levels of user satisfaction, efficiency of use, increase comfort, and assure safety under normal use as well as foreseeable misuse of the product. The book provides a comprehensive source of information regarding new methods, techniques, and software applications for consumer product design.


"If you (typical CE engineer or engineering manager) are thinking of buying a book on current research on HFs/E for your personal library, then this volume would be the preferred choice."

IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, January 2012

Table of Contents

Design for Product Safety

Reducing the Risk to Consumers: Implications for Designing Safe Consumer Products, Damien J. Williams and Jan M. Noyes

Consumer Product Risk Assessment, Aleksandar Zunjic

Hazard Control Hierarchy and Its Utility in Safety Decisions about Consumer Products, Kenneth R. Laughery and Michael S. Wogalter

Communication-Human Information Processing Stages in Consumer Product Warnings, Michael S. Wogalter, Kenneth R. Laughery, and Christopher B. Mayhorn

Safety Design under the Perspective of Ergonomics in Consumer Products: Accident Studies in Users Welfare Promotion, Walter Franklin M. Correia, Marcelo M. Soares, Marina de Lima N. Barros, and Mariana P. Bezerra

Product Design Issues Related to Safe Patient Handling Technology, Thomas R. Waters

Ergonomics of Packaging, Aleksandar Zunjic

Design for Usability

User Research by Designers, Stephen J. Ward

Near Field Communication: Usability of a Technology, Bruce Thomas and Ramon van De Ven

Empathy Meets Engineering: Implanting the User’s Perspective into a Systematic Design Process, Matthias Göbel

Building Empathy with the User, Louise Moody, Elaine Mackie, and Sarah Davies

Usability Testing of Three Prototype In-Vehicle Information Systems, Margaret J. Trotter, Eve Mitsopoulos-Rubens, and Michael G. Lenné

Ergonomics and Usability in an International Context, Sinja Röbig, Muriel Didier, and Ralph Bruder

Consumer eHealth, Christopher P. Nemeth and Richard I. Cook

Consumer Behavior of Employees Using Information and Communication Technology Products in an Organizational Setting, Ken Eason

Case Studies

Constraint-Based Approach to Design, Daniel P. Jenkins, Neville A. Stanton, Paul M. Salmon, and Guy H. Walker

Development of a Media Player: Ambition and Constraints in the Consumer Electronics Industry, John Jansen and Bruce Thomas

Interaction Design for Mobile Phones, Wen-Chia Wang, Mark S. Young, and Steve Love

Human Factors in Protective Headgear Design, Roger Ball

Creating a User-Centered Supermarket Checkout, Matthew Lyons and David Hitchcock

Design and Development of an Interactive Kiosk for Customers of Jobcentre Plus, David Hitchcock, James O’Malley, and Peter Rogerson

Participatory Method for Evaluating Office Chairs: A Case Study, Lia Buarque de Macedo Guimaraes

Procedural Pictorial Sequences for Health Product Design: A Study of Male and Female Condoms Conducted with Adults with a Low Level of Literacy in Brazil, Carla Galvao Spinillo, Tiago Costa Maia, and Evelyn Rodrigues Azevedo

Special Needs in Pleasure-Based Products Design: A Case Study, Erminia Attaianese

Applied Anthropometry in Ergonomic Design for School Furniture, Luis Carlos Paschoarelli and José Carlos Plácido da Silva

Anthropometric Fitting of Office Furniture for Mexican Users, Lilia R. Prado-León

User-Centered Approach for Sailing Yacht Design, Giuseppe Di Bucchianico and Andrea Vallicelli

Design for Driver’s Comfort: Discomfort Assessment and Discomfort Manifestation among Professional and Amateur Car Drivers, David Ravnik

Ergonomics as a Strategy Tool: An Approach through Design, Jairo José Drummond Câmara and Róber Dias Botelho


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