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 medical sectors.
Rolls Royce were declared the winners of the award with their Ship’s Bridge design where they redesigned the vessel’s bridge environment to better support users during standard work procedures and when reaching critical points of operation.
The morning workshop, measuring improvement in new designs, consisted of tutorials on task analysis, error analysis and user requirements assessment. These are useful and commonly used Human Factors tools that can help to inform the design process.
The second workshop, designing for changing demographics, was about designing for the aging population and how to design inclusively for a wide spectrum of users. The workshop provided an awareness of the changing capabilities and needs that older people face, both physically and cognitively. Practical tools and techniques that can be used in the design process were also discussed.
A successful, informative and enjoyable day was provided by the CIEHF and sponsored by CCD. It was an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn something new about design in ergonomics.
Lizzy is a Human Factors Consultant at CCD.