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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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The Value of Mock-ups in the Design Process

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

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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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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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!


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

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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Is this a good ergonomic solution for infrequent laptop use?

Is this a good ergonomic solution for infrequent laptop use?

We spotted this product from IKEA as a neat solution for infrequent use of laptops in the home.  It probably does work OK for domestic situations but the ergonomics of it would need some work for a commercial application. The main problem is that there is no height adjustability which you’d need to account for the variety of people who might use the facility. But...

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How will HS2 impact on station design?

How will HS2 impact on station design?

The announcement by the Government to proceed with High Speed 2 and place its main station at Euston raises some interesting questions about how the station will be redesigned to accommodate this. The masterplan being developed by Terry Farrell / Arup will be looking at how to deal with the huge trains coming and going but one of the main issues will be how will...

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