Human Factors and Ergonomics Design Principles and Guidelines: Helping Designers to Be More Creative

  • Virginia Tiradentes SoutoEmail author
  • Luciane Maria Fadel
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


The knowledge and application of Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) principles and guidelines can help designers to develop better products and services. However, they may also include design constraints that may affect designers’ creativity. Although both HFE principles and guidelines and creativity are considered essential in the design of products and services, the link between them is little researched. In this article a discussion is presented on the influence that HFE principles and guidelines can exert on the creativity of designers. It also presents case studies of HFE principles and guidelines and discusses how they can influence designers’ creativity. In addition, a set of recommendations is suggested to help designers apply ergonomic design principles and guidelines to stimulate creativity. It is concluded that HFE principles and guidelines can assist designers in creating safer and more efficient products and services and can also broaden their creative process and therefore the originality and appropriateness of products and services.


Human Factors Ergonomics Design principles Design guidelines Design creativity Design constraints 



This research was supported by the University of Brasilia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Tiradentes Souto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luciane Maria Fadel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DesignUniversity of BrasiliaBrasíliaBrazil
  2. 2.Program of Engineering and Knowledge ManagementFederal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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