A-level Graphic Products/Edexcel/Unit 3 :Designing for the Future/Design in context/Anthropometrics and ergonomics

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The relationship between anthropometrics and ergonomics[edit]

Ergonomics[edit]

Anthropometrics[edit]

These are measurements that are based around human measurements like shapes and sizes. Anthropometric data uses the largest amount of users in order to get the highest accuracy. When people design a product they base their product on 90% of the population and this is based off of this anthropometric data; these product miss out on the low and high end of the spectrum, from the 5th percentile to the 95th percentile, a total of gap of 90%.

Sources and Applications of anthropometric data[edit]

In Britian, these measurements are obtained by the British Standards Institute (BSI). They have measurements for men, women and children for clothing. Additionally there is extra anthropometrics for disabled people that take into account for wheel chairs. The anthropometrics for one country will be different than anthropometrics in others.

Key ergonomic factors for the designer[edit]

The interaction between user, products, systems and environments[edit]