The investigation analyses how a computer based system
might best be employed to assist during the development of
the human centred aspects of consumer products.
A prototype human-computer interface is introduced and an
evaluation study is outlined which was designed to test the
1. It is possible to construct a human-computer interface
that will accommodate the sensori-input, cognitive,
and knowledge demands of industrial designers
(ergonomic novices) whilst accessing existing
2. It is possible to construct a computer based system
that will manipulate existing ergonomic data in such a
way that is relevant to the application demands of the
design development process.
Industrial designers found this tool easier to use than
traditional paper based enquiry methods as shown by
significantly reduced answer times and increased accuracy
of results. The feasibility of this tool was demonstrated
via the solving of realistic design problems.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy of Loughborough University.