Product Design: Introduction to Ergonomic Considerations

Ergonomics is an important part of any product design. Whether your product or workstation is comfortable to use will make or break your customer's relationship with it. This course will introduce you to the principles of ergonomic design.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 5, 2018
Duration
1h 18m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jun 5, 2018
Duration
1h 18m
Description

Ergonomic principles are applied to decrease the strain on a human body allowing them to work harder or for longer while remaining comfortable and avoiding injury. This course, Product Design: Introduction to Ergonomic Considerations, will help you begin implementing these principles into your design. First, you will see how to calculate static forces and understand how they can create injuries over time. Next, you will be exposed to some risk assessment best practices. Finally, you will get see some examples of good ergonomic design as it applies to display and control layouts for many types of workspaces. When you're finished with this course, you will be ready to correctly design for the majority of your users.

About the author
About the author

Robert Graduated from the University of Utah in 2014 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Emphasis on Ergonomics and Safety. He works in the consumer electronics industry designing audio products such as headphones, earbuds, and bluetooth speakers. He has his CSWE certification (Expert) and is married with two kids.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Robert Murdock, and welcome to my course, Product Design: Introduction to Ergonomic Considerations. Ergonomics is the study of reducing strain on the human body. Nearly every person who works in an office is developing accumulating injuries which will make them feel old and weak much younger than they need to. Designers with a good understanding of ergonomics can help prevent that. In this course, you will be introduced to many ways that the objects in your world may affect you. You will learn how to identify risky products and behaviors, quantify them, and with these tools you can design workspaces and products, which reduce or even remove those risks. Some of the major topics we will cover include calculation of static forces, risk assessment, and display and control layout. By the end of this course, you will know how to read anthropometric data and how to correctly design for the majority of your users. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with high school algebra. From here, you should be comfortable diving into product design with courses on 3D modeling, prototyping, and design documentation. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn ergonomics with the course, Product Design: Introduction to Ergonomic Considerations, at Pluralsight.

One Size Does Not Fit All
In this module, we will challenge the idea that one size fits all. We will learn about a specific example in history of ergonomics, the collection of anthropometric data, how to read bell curves, how percentiles relate to ergonomics and adjustability, and a few examples of how this data is used. Join me for story time. Gather round. One of the most common pitfalls of design is to try to measure the average person, in some way or another, and design for that. But if you're measuring people on more than one attribute, be it physical or otherwise, then you are not likely to find many candidates that fit inside that average at all. In the 1950s, the United States military was having a large problem with their pilots. There was a large number of accidental crashes, even with experienced pilots. All were baffled until Lieutenant Gilbert S. Daniels came up with a theory that would explain the accidents. Airplane cockpits are complex. They contain so much information that is critical for the pilot's success. I mentioned in an earlier module that the placement of this information is critical, as well as the pilot's ability to reach the controls. In the case of these 1950's pilots, some weren't able to reach critical controls or were too crammed in to work the controls properly. Others weren't able to read their instruments for similar reasons. The design of the cockpit was causing the accidents. The military at that time had endeavored to improve cockpit designs by measuring 4, 000 pilots across 140 dimensions to determine how best to design the aircraft and other equipment for the greatest number of people. Lieutenant Daniels reviewed this data and focused on the 10 that mattered most to pilots. What he found was surprising at the time. But first, a little background on bell curves.