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Human Factors in Product Design Current Practice and Future Trends

ISBN-10: 0748408290

ISBN-13: 9780748408290

Edition: 1999

Authors: Patrick W. Jordan, William S. Green

List price: $164.95
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Manufacturers are becoming more aware of human factors in product design as a major competitive issue. In many product areas, manufacturers have reached a technology ceiling, which simply means that it is increasingly difficult to get ahead of the competition in terms of, for example, functionality, technical reliability or manufacturing costs. As a consequence, design has become a major battleground for manufacturers, and usability is recognized as being a central tenet of good design. This book provides a unique snapshot of current practice in human factors, identifying methods and techniques that work well under tight constraints and providing case study evidence of their effectiveness. The commercial implications of usability are discussed, and special attention is paid to two key trends: inclusive design and smart products. Inclusive design is about meeting the needs of all users with one design, which includes the elderly and the disabled. Smart products are multi-functional products with electronicinterfaces containing a vast array of "helpful" functions. Industrial designers and manufacturing executives will find this text enlightening.
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Book details

List price: $164.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 8/19/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 259
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Introduction: Ergonomics, Usability and Product Development
Essential Conditions for the Acceptance of User Trialling as a Design Tool
Designing for Usability: Input of Ergonomics Information at an Appropriate Point, and Appropriate Form, in the Design Process
Product Evaluation Methods and Their Importance in Designing Interactive Artifacts
Design Centered Research into User Activities
Designing Scenarios and Tasks for User Trials of Home Electronic Devices
Implications for Using Intelligence in Consumer Products
Representations of Smart Product Concepts in User Interface Design
Ergonomics and Safety in Consumer Product Design
Usability and Product Design: A Case Study
User Trials as a Design Directive Strategy
The User Interface Design of the Fizz and Spark GSM Telephones
Usability Testing under Time-Pressure in Design Practice Case Study
Spoken Help for a Car Stereo: An Exploratory Study
Prototypes on Trial
Best Practice isn't always good enough
Inclusive Design - Design for All
Inclusive Design
Personal Reader Systems for the Blind
Designing Domestic Appliances for Everyone
Transgenerational Guidelines
Pleasure with Products: Human Factors for Body, Mind and Soul
Understanding Person Product Relationships - A Design Perspective
Kansei Engineering and Design
The Ergonomics of Pleasure
Discussion and Conclusion
Index