Human Factors and Product Design: Uncomfortable allies

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Abstract

The current state of Human Factors (HF) in Product Design (PD) is discussed within this paper. An analysis of consultancies, advertised jobs, the inclusive design area and product exemplars were conducted. Results showed that HF does not currently appear to play a significant role in the design of products. In order to address current and future societal changes e.g. the ageing population, HF needs to become the central emphasis of PD processes. A proposed way of addressing this is detailed in the form of a new educational pathway that combines HF and PD. It is envisaged that such a pathway would create individuals with necessary skill sets to address the societal challenges we face and overcome the barriers currently posed in this relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014: Proceedings of the international conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2014
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages151-158
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781138026353
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2014
EventContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014: Proceedings of the international conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2014 - Southampton, UK, 7-10 April 2014
Duration: 7 Apr 2014 → …

Conference

ConferenceContemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014: Proceedings of the international conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2014
Period7/04/14 → …

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    Elton, E. (2014). Human Factors and Product Design: Uncomfortable allies. In Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2014: Proceedings of the international conference on Ergonomics & Human Factors 2014 (pp. 151-158). Taylor & Francis. https://www.crcpress.com/Contemporary-Ergonomics-and-Human-Factors-2014-Proceedings-of-the-international/Sharples-Shorrock/9781138026353