Industrial design is a discipline which, despite an early pre-occupation with styling and making technology saleable, is now centrally concerned with user needs. This is reflected in a degree course in the industrial design/transport department at Lanchester Polytechnic which contains a significant commitment to human factors. This paper describes the following typical course projects: (1) the competition winning design for a dinghy which can be used as an emergency life-raft. (2) an adaptation of a standard front-wheel-drive car with a transverse slide seat to allow easy access for a wheel chair user. (3) the design for a bus seat which can be used either as a conventional seat or as a standee 'lean' seat. (4) design of a vehicle for use by spina bifida children. (5) design for a pedal driven power unit for transport and machine uses in developing countries. (6) the design of adult tricycles for the transport of mothers plus children under 5 yr. It is concluded that greater collaboration between industrial designers and ergonomists would be possible if the latter published their data in a more accessible form, and that designers must place greater emphasis on the product evaluation aspect of their work. /TRRL/

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    Taylor & Francis

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    Abingdon,   United Kingdom  OX14 4RN
  • Authors:
    • Tovey, M
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Accession Number: 00300444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM