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Pedestrian Countdown Trial in London
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Pedestrian Countdown Trial in London

At CCD, much of our work is on transport systems and we are always interested in designs that help improve the passenger, or in this case, pedestrian experience. Transport for London are conducting an interesting trial in to the use of countdown indicators on pedestrian crossings.  The countdown signal shows the person crossing how long you have to cross the road after the “green man”...

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16 Jun 2010
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Controlling crowds with ice-cream van music

We spotted this item on the BBC news site about the Police in Northern Ireland using ice-cream van music to calm troublemakers – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10170966.stm It struck us as interesting on one hand how it appeared to be an effective intervention on this occasion but also how it was also frowned upon by management and the local council. It has some similarities, although in a more...

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07 Jun 2010
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Health & Safety gone mad? What can ergonomics do?

There are always articles appearing in the press about “barmy” decisions taken on the basis of “health & safety”, usually by local authorities. The theme is usually an over-reaction to what, for most of us, would seem a fairly non-hazardous activity in an attempt to remove any trace of liability. Two articles in the press this week highlight this again: firstly, this article appeared in...

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21 May 2010
The Value of Mock-ups in the Design Process
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The Value of Mock-ups in the Design Process

We have always believed in the value of the full-scale mock-up trial in the design process. In our toolkit of design methodologies it offers an un-rivaled way of getting end users & other stakeholders involved. It allows them to visual and spatially see the design in a way that many struggle to with drawings: for example, it is often difficult to visualise the size of...

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15 May 2010
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Our thoughts on recent report on driving and the aging population

A recent report from the RAC Foundation tackled the subject of the older driver and maintaining their mobility.  Entitled “Maintaining safe mobility for the aging population” it covered a number of human factors issues in relation to car design and the design of road signage. This comprehensive report stands aside from the fear that old drivers kill people and cause others to have accidents. It...

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01 May 2010
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One-Way Streets go against human behaviour

A further great example of how the design of things needs to accommodate and respond to human behaviour. In this interesting article in The Times, well known design commentator Stephen Bayley charts the reverse in the use of one-way streets.  In it he highlights how, in part, this is because “one-way systems are wrong because they are counterintuitive and seek to impose a spurious logic...

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30 Apr 2010
Simple, good design solutions can deliver user adoption – #264: The electric scooter
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Simple, good design solutions can deliver user adoption – #264: The electric scooter

Often it is getting the small but critical details right in good design that makes the difference to whether users accept and take-up a new technology or product or don’t. Take electric scooters as an example.  This should be a really successful product – cheap to run, environmentally friendly, etc should enable the electric scooter to steal market share from its petrol brother.  But so...

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15 Apr 2010
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Does healthcare pay enough attention to human factors?

The importance of human factors within high risk environments such as rail, aviation and oil and gas is well documented.  One of the main reasons for this is that the consequences of ignoring human factors in these types of environments could potentially be catastrophic and lead to large loss of life.  It is therefore surprising that a high risk environment where there is less awareness...

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01 Apr 2010
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CERN LHC produces record breaking collisions

We’re delighted to see the success yesterday of the LHC to take a great leap forwards in its experimental programme. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8593780.stm What is even nicer for us is to see the video of this ground breaking event taking place in the control room we designed!

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31 Mar 2010
It’s the small details that count as well in good station design
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It’s the small details that count as well in good station design

To work, stations must provide key elements such as a layout that allows passenger flow and facilities to an appropriate standard.  However, to deliver passenger satisfaction it is also the small details that count.  King’s Cross Station is currently being redeveloped and CCD are involved in providing the human factors support to the programme.  When going to the King’s Cross project offices on site we...

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26 Mar 2010
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