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Transcript of Product Analysis
What should it do?
How should it do it?
What are the best materials to achieve this?
Technical aspects - power, weights, sizes, enivironments
e.g. a swimming pool is a 'humid environment'
Usability (Ergonomics) is it intuitive to use
Sustainability (Life Cycle) Materials Resources Energy Use
Think of all your senses -
Colour / Texture / Finish
Shape / Form / Weight
Identity / Style
What does it say about the product?
What does it say about the owner?
What is the scale of manufacture?
What are the appropriate methods of manufacture?
Shaping / forming / Joining / Fabricating
What finish is need?
Product Life Cycle
Raw Materials & Resources Environmental Impact
Manufacturing Resources & Energy Use
Retail Transport & Packaging
Use (80/20 rule)
Often Antropometrics and Ergonomics get mixed up or confused
now we are interested in Ergonomics - how things work well but
before we do that we need to understand who the product is for
and people come in all shapes and sizes so we need 'data'
Anthropology is the study of humans
Metrics - Measuring things
Anthropometrics is about collecting data from a large number of
people so that designers and engineers can make things the right
size for the right person
This Bit !
It's useful for
the exam !
Interface / Intuitive
Safety & Affordance
'Human Factors in Design'
Ergonomics is all about how people interact with a product.
How they use it / operate it?
How it works / responds to the user?
How many people can use it / can everyone use it?
Where things are positioned / easy to reach / comfortable?
Is it too big, too small, too light, too heavy?
Is it safe / what happens if it fails?
Ergonomics - Human Factors in Design is a huge field of study in it's own right. We are generally interested in :-