Human Interaction

Organic Design in Home Furnishings

From Modernism 101.

The winning entries in the legendary 1940 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) competition which introduced the furniture designs of Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen to the world. In 1940, these two Cranbrook partners stunned the judges at the MoMA competition for Home Furnishings with their Seating and Living Room designs—and the rest is history. Important early document of the partnership that eventually spawned the much-loved designs for Herman Miller and Knoll.


Redefining Designing: From Form to Experience

Redefining Designing: From Form to Experience offers a comprehensive new theory of design in which user needs and wishes are central. This landmark work focuses on design in terms of human experience rather than physical form. The book offers a highly critical study of design philosophies that have emerged since industrialization: modernism, late modernism, postmodernism, and deconstruction. C. Thomas Mitchell points out how many designs, particularly in architecture, fail to suit their intended purpose—not because of their style but because of the design process itself.

The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design

Human factors research impacts everything from the height of kitchen counters to the placement of automobile pedals to a book's type size. And in this updated and expanded version of the original landmark work, you'll find the research information necessary to create designs that better accommodate human need. Featuring more than 200 anthropometric drawings, this handbook is filled with all of the essential measurements of the human body and its relationship to the designed environment.

Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner's Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis (Human Technology Interaction)

As the world deals with increasing complexity -- in issues of sustainability, finance, culture and technology -- business and governments are searching for a form of problem solving that can deal with the unprecedented levels of ambiguity and chaos. Traditional "linear thinking" has been disparaged by the popular media as being inadequate for dealing with the global economic crisis. Standard forms of marketing and product development have been rejected by businesses who need to find a way to stay competitive in a global economy. Yet little has been offered as an alternative.

Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules

Early user interface (UI) practitioners were trained in cognitive psychology, from which UI design rules were based. But as the field evolves, designers enter the field from many disciplines. Practitioners today have enough experience in UI design that they have been exposed to design rules, but it is essential that they understand the psychology behind the rules in order to effectively apply them.

Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches, Second Edition

Guidelines are grouped by topic and presented in bullet format or in tables, which makes [this book] ideal as a quick-reference text. … This book is well written in a clear, straightforward language. … [A]ppropriate as a basic reference for practitioners and designers who want to better serve the aging population. I could also envision it being incorporated as a supplementary text in a course on aging and human factors.

Ergonomics at Work

Looks at the communication links between people and their man-made environment such as workplaces, controls, displays, etc., and considers features of this environment which can affect performance, comfort and safety. It is used in many courses on ergonomics, management and safety. The emphasis of this updated edition is on helping readers develop an understanding of ergonomics through the concept concerned with the flow of information between man and machine in the work system. Describes the extent to which diverse factors of the system may help or hinder this information flow.

Engineering Physiology: Bases of Human Factors/Ergonomics

This book discusses the architecture, functioning, and biomechanics of the human body, its bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The book explains energy extraction from food and drink, what efforts the body is capable of, and how our efforts depend on the coordination among the respiratory, circulatory, and metabolic systems. This text shows how the body monitors itself, how it reacts to work loads and the environment such as heat or cold, humidity and wind.

Designing for People

A cult read among designers for more than half a century, the famous manifesto of America's greatest industrial designer is finally back in print!