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Are you a Human Factors Consultant looking for a new opportunity?

We are looking for a Human Factors Consultant to join our team. You should have a few years experience under your belt alongside a qualification in Ergonomics or similar. If you have experience of working in the rail sector, we’d really like to hear from you. The role would suit someone who is self-motivated and pretty self-sufficient but you’ll be working in our project and design...

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14 Sep 2016
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Can employee engagement be improved by workspace design?

Making sure your staff are engaged with your business is clearly critical to success. There is plenty of research evidence out there to show that engaged employees are more productive, will deliver better services to your customers and will stay with you for longer.  But does the design of a workspace play a role in this? The first thing to say is that yes it...

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25 Jul 2016
interactive wayfinding
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Wayfinding for a Conscious City

Our environment provides us with different levels of information that facilitate and enable our orientation and navigational skills. This information is formed of visual cues (what the environment presents to us) and it is blended with mental cues (what we form in our mind based on what we see and in our memories). David Lynch, in his book The Image of the City (1960) calls...

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18 Apr 2016
What is intuitive design…part 2
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What is intuitive design…part 2

In part 1 of this blog on intuitive design we discussed how perceptions and experience vary so much between individuals.  The role of human factors in the design process is critical in trying to understand this variability.  This is especially true in the design of products like medical devices. In this second part, we explore some of the details around psychology and behaviour and how...

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16 Mar 2016
What is intuitive design?
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What is intuitive design?

If a user describes a product or system as intuitive it is among the highest praise they can offer. Given this, it’s reasonable to ask what it means to be intuitive. It seems nobody really knows. Ironically, people’s definition of intuitive is, well, intuitive, as they struggle to define the term in a specific, meaningful way. A dictionary definition: Intuitive is when users understand behaviour...

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08 Mar 2016
PharmaPack Europe 2016 – Our Perspective
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PharmaPack Europe 2016 – Our Perspective

On the 10th and 11th February  2016, CCD visited Paris for Pharmapack Europe to join pharmaceutical industry experts and medical technology innovators to observe and discuss first-hand the increasingly significant role of human factors; both within the product development life-cycle and understanding the needs of the end user within packaging and drug delivery solutions. Combination products are a key focus for 2016, with the integration...

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01 Mar 2016
Looking forward to 2016 thinking about cities and human behaviour
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Looking forward to 2016 thinking about cities and human behaviour

As we wind down to prepare for a well deserved Christmas break, there are many projects and events to look forward to in 2016. One such event is the ‘Conscious Cities – Neuroscience and Architecture’ conference taking place in London in March. Some of the questions that have been posed and will be explored at the conference are of particular interest to us (how does...

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24 Dec 2015
Sit/Stand – a personal experience
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Sit/Stand – a personal experience

Just back from three years working in Copenhagen and thought I’d share a few thoughts on sit/stand desks in the workplace. First, in Denmark, all office workplaces are required to be sit/stand.  This, and the right to have a certain level of daylight in the office, is what you’d expect of the Scandi work ethos. So how does this bobbing up and down work in...

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23 Oct 2015
The CCD team briefing the students on challenge
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A new design collaboration with Loughborough University in London

We have just started a new and exciting collaboration with the Loughborough University in London campus. Loughborough University London is an innovative post-graduate campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The programmes available are world class, provided by leaders in their field, including Digital Technologies, Media & Creative Industries, Design Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sport Business.  Courses will include an interdisciplinary ‘real-world’ collaborative project module with multiple...

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13 Oct 2015
Ergonomics in Design Seminar – Making Life Better
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Ergonomics in Design Seminar – Making Life Better

The 2015 CIEHF design awards and seminar were held at the Design Council headquarters in London on 22nd September. The day consisted of two workshops followed by the presentation of the Ergonomics Design Award. John Wood of CCD and Chairman of the judging panel, led the adjudication and announcement of the winner.   Four designs were shortlisted representing designs from the maritime, rail, finance and...

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30 Sep 2015
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