Currently people deal with various entities (such as hardware, software, buildings, spaces, communities and other people), to meet specific goals while going about their everyday activities in work and leisure environments. These entities have become more and more complex and incorporate functions that hitherto had never been allocated such as automation, use in virtual environments, connectivity, personalization, mobility and friendliness. This book contributes to the analysis of human-system interactions from the perspective of ergonomics, regardless of how simple or complex they are, while incorporating the needs of users and workers in a healthy safe, efficient and enjoyable manner.

This book provides a comprehensive review of the state of the art of current ergonomic in design methods and techniques that are being applied to products, machinery, equipment, workstations and systems while taking new technologies and their applications into consideration. 

Ergonomics in Design: Methods and Techniques is organized into four sections and 30 chapters covering topics such as conceptual aspects of ergonomics in design, the knowledge of human characteristics applied to design, and the methodological aspects of design. Examples are shown in several areas of design including, but not limited to, consumer products, games, transport, education, architecture, fashion, sustainability, biomechanics, intelligent systems, virtual reality, and neurodesign.

This book will:

  • Introduces the newest developments in social-cultural approaches
  • Shows different ergonomics in design methodological approaches
  • Divulges the ways that ergonomics can contribute to a successful design
  • Applies different subjects to support the design including –ergonomics, engineering, architecture, urbanism, neuro, and product designs.
  • Presents recent technologies in ergonomic design, as applied to product design.

With the contributions from a team of 75 researchers from 11 countries, the book covers the state-of-the-art of ergonomics in a way to produce better design.

part |141 pages

Theoretical Issues

chapter |18 pages

Multimodal Information Transfer by Means of Adaptive Controlling Torques during Primary and Secondary Task

ByJohann Winterholler, Christian Schulz, Thomas Maier

chapter |17 pages

Time Structure Analysis in Ergonomic Design with Cognitive and Manual Components of Work

ByGregory Bedny, Waldemar Karwowski, Inna Bedny

chapter |16 pages

From Vision Science to Design Practice

ByCristina Pinheiro, Fernando Moreira da Silva

chapter |18 pages

Bridging Fashion Design and Color Effects

The ColorErg
ByMoreira da Silva Fernando

chapter |17 pages

Communication Efficiency and Inclusiveness in the Corporate Visual Identity

ByDaniel Raposo, Fernando Moreira da Silva

chapter |9 pages

Aspects of Usability Assessment in the Multicultural Approach

ByMaria Lúcia L. R. Okimoto, Klaus Bengler, Cristina Olaverri Monreal

chapter |9 pages

Ergonomics and Wayfinding Design

Principles, Standards, and Visual Code
ByNeves João, Moreira da Silva Fernando

chapter |14 pages

Boundaries of Human Factors and Sustainability in Architecture

ByAlexander González, Julie A. Waldron

chapter |17 pages

Virtual Reality Devices Applied to Digital Games

A Literature Review
ByBreno Carvalho, Marcelo M. Soares, Andre Neves, Gabriel Soares, Anthony Lins

part |73 pages

Human Characteristics in Design

chapter |23 pages

An Ergonomics Focus on Built Environments for the Elderly

ByVilma Villarouco, Silva Porto Nara Raquel, Bruère Paiva Marie Monique, César Sampaio Sarmento Thaisa Francis

chapter |13 pages

Biomechanics and Psychophysics of Manual Strength Design on Different Interfaces

ByBruno M. Razza, Luis Carlos Paschoarelli, Cristina C. Lucio, Danilo Silva

chapter |12 pages

Digital Hand Model for Grip Comfort Evaluation

ByPeter Gust, Aydin Ünlü

chapter |21 pages

Classroom Ergonomics

A Portuguese University Study
ByLuís Sousa, Maria Eugénia Pinho, Arezes Pedro, Joaquim Góis

part |117 pages

Methodological Issues

chapter |15 pages

Designing User-Oriented Future Ship Bridges

An Approach for Radical Concept Design
ByMikael Wahlström, Hannu Karvonen, Eija Kaasinen, Petri Mannonen

chapter |18 pages

New Color Planning Methodology for Urban Furniture as an Ergonomic Factor

ByMargarida Gamito, Fernando Moreira da Silva

chapter |13 pages

Design Requirements for a Spectacle-Type Device in Rapid Visual Referencing

ByDaigoro Yokoyama, Takahiro Uchiyama, Yusuke Fukuda, Miyuki Yagi, Miwa Nakanishi

chapter |14 pages

Ergonomic Design Thinking

A Project Management Model for Workplace Design
ByMarcello Silva e Santos, Marcelo M. Soares

chapter |18 pages

Older Workers and Virtual Environments

Usability Evaluation of a Prototype for Safety Sign Research
ByLara Reis, Emília Duarte, Francisco Rebelo

chapter |16 pages

Percept Walk

Promoting Perception Awareness in the Elderly with Low Vision
ByMiguel de Aboim Borges, Fernando Moreira da Silva

chapter |19 pages

Designing Interfaces for Seniors in the Context of Healthcare

ByAudrey Abi Akle, Katarzyna Borgieł, Stéphanie Minel, Christophe Merlo

part |161 pages

Design Development

chapter |21 pages

Human Body–Sleep System Interaction in Young Adult Residence

A Methodology and Tool for Measure and Evaluation of Interaction Patterns Using a Software iSEE with Observation of Postural Behaviors during Sleep
ByGustavo Desouzart, Ernesto Filgueiras, Rui Matos, Filipe Melo

chapter |14 pages

Applications of Haptic Devices and Virtual Reality in Product Design Evaluation

ByChristianne Falcão, Marcelo M. Soares, Tareq Ahram

chapter |14 pages

Hazard Perception of 3D Household Packages

A Study Using a Virtual Environment
ByHande Ayanoğlu, Emília Duarte, Paulo Noriega, Júlia Teles, Francisco Rebelo

chapter |17 pages

Contributions to the Design of Knowledge-Based Development Tools for Intelligent Systems

ByMário Simões-Marques, Isabel L. Nunes

chapter |17 pages

Certain Ergonomic Considerations and Design Solutions Connected with the Safety and Comfort of City Buses

ByAleksandar Zunjic, Svetozar Sofijanic, Evica Stojiljkovic

chapter |8 pages

School Supplies Transportation System

An Ergonomic Approach between Two Distinct Realities
ByRicardo Dagge, Ernesto Filgueiras

chapter |16 pages

Improving Bus Travel through Inclusive Service Design

ByCarlos Aceves-González, Sharon Cook, Andrew May

chapter |16 pages

Dressing Autonomy for Frozen Shoulder Users

Analysis of Five Different Tops
ByLetícia Schiehll, Fernando Moreira da Silva, Inês Simões

chapter |15 pages


Applications of Neuroscience in Design and Human–System Interactions
ByTareq Ahram, Christianne Falcão, Rafaela Q. Barros, Marcelo M. Soares, Waldemar Karwowski