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2012 Olympic Park

Reflecting back on the Olympics & the summer of 2012

With only hours to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup, I for one look forward to the excitement that a tournament of this nature brings to a country. It’s with a tinge of jealousy that I look on and see a number of my ex colleagues from LOCOG deliver another amazing event – good luck to you all! There really is no...

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“People vs Graphic Design” – our take on the Clerkenwell Design Week conversation

Have you ever thought I can do better than that? Let’s not mention the mass hysteria when the London 2012 logo was launched! Angus Montgomery, Editor of Design Week, held a talk on ‘People Vs. Graphic Design’, at the Clerkenwell Design Festival with its panel of graphic designers: Patrick Myles (RIBA Journal art editor), Sarah Hyndman (Type Tasting), Jim Sutherland (Founder of Studio Sutherland), Jonathan...

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Judges announced for IEHF Ergonomics Design Award

The fifth Ergonomics Design Award organised by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, with the support of CCD, has announced a prestigious judging panel including the Design Council’s Chief Design Officer Mat Hunter and Royal Designer for Industry Luke Pearson. The full judging panel is: Martin Bontoft, award-winning ergonomist, user researcher and design strategist Ken Garland, notable British designer and author Tania Heasman, Managing Director,...

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Ergonomics Design Award 2014

Once again, CCD is sponsoring the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Ergonomics Design Award. It always attracts a high level of entrants from across the globe, and there are now less than two months left for companies to submit an entry to this prestigious competition. The Award is open to anyone who has worked on a project, product or design that can show ergonomics...

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Keeping the trust of the user

Keeping the trust of the user

There was an article this week on the BBC Magazine webpage about whether or not pressing the button at pedestrian crossings actually does anything.  Interestingly the answers was “not always”.  It seems there are a number of types of crossing, especially at junctions, where the green man  is just part of the natural cycle of the lights and the timings are not impacted by pressing...

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Feelings over function?

Feelings over function?

As user-centered designers, we value the functionality of something highly: it has to deliver on being useful and understandable.  We know that we need also to value the aesthetic and its contribution to our feelings of well-being.  But perhaps sometimes it is harder to tap into those other little parts of the experience of using a product or moving through an environment. On the BBC...

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Rewarding ergonomics excellence – Ergonomics Design Award call for entries

The 2013 Ergonomics Design Award has launched, with entries being accepted until November 30th.  This is the third year the Award has run and the Institute of Ergonomics And Human Factors is expecting an even greater number of high quality entries than in previous years – last year entries increased by almost 50%. CCD design and Ergonomics Chairman and lead judge John Wood says, “In...

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Imagining the world of 2030…

At the end of last year, we ran an internal project trying to imagine what control rooms might be like in 2030.  What was interesting wasn’t especially the thoughts on the work space but the wider sociological issues that might drive change in the control of our infrastructure.  We imagined a world where congestion and climate change had driven a move to localism creating hubs...

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Office workers “forget to stand”

Office workers “forget to stand”

Reported by the BBC, a study recently presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference suggests that people are spending longer sat at their desks and forget to stand, walk around and get the benefits of some posture change.  Workers are now spending on average nearly 6 hours a day at their desk! Some suggest reminders to get up are a way to solve this...

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