Co-designing: Designers and Ergonomics
It is clear from the literature, and practice, that the most successful co-designing between ergonomists and designers happens in contexts where they are able to work together in a team and ergonomics and design are able to happen concurrently (Haslegrave and Holmes, 1994; Porter and Porter, 1998). However, this ‘ideal’ is often not achievable in small design houses as a consequence of financial and other constraints. It is, likewise, often not achievable for many design students working on short design projects with little or no support from an ergonomics ‘expert.’ The way in which this problem is dealt with may be by ignoring, or by paying ‘lip service’ to the identification of ergonomics issues and problems and die appropriate ways of dealing with them. Hasdogen (1995) supports this view; in her investigation of human models used by product designers and ergonomists in the product design industry, she also found the product designers critical of the ergonomics models and methods available to them.
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