week 6 – preamblePosted: October 3, 2011
After a week without lecture; we are meeting again tomorrow at 9:00, and we will have a guest lecturer. Steen Dawids has been a medical doctor at Bispebjerg Hospital, and external lecturer at DTU; and he is the most suitable person to give tomorrow’s lecture on ‘Health Engineering’. His lecture will have a focus on ‘Design for Elderly’, and the end of his lecture; you will have a very clear idea of why it is important.
The lecture will take about an hour; and the rest of the time will be devoted for the project work on Rejsekortet. I will visit every group (for max. 10 minutes) and get a status update. I will also try to address your questions, if you have any.
Following up with the ‘stove-controls’ exercise; I will soon scan the papers you filled in, and put them up on the web. Stove controls are perfect examples for control-display mappings; and interestingly, there has been a lot of research conducted on them. Here are a few examples :
- Shinar, D. and Acton, M.B. (1978) Control-display relationships on the four burner range: Population stereotypes versus standards. Human Factors, 20, 13-17.
- Hsu, S.H. and Peng, Y. (1993) Control/display relationship of the four-burner stove: A re-examination. Human Factors, 35, 745-749.
- Wu S.-P., Further studies on the spatial compatibility of four control-display linkages, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Volume 19, Number 5, May 1997 , pp. 353-360(8)
- Hoffmann, E.R. & Chan, A.H.S. (2011) Alternative approaches to the design of four-burner stoves, Ergonomics, 54 (9), 777-791
In summary, these papers say that the way experiment is conducted matters (e.g. using symbols instead of letters/numbers give different results), and the culture has significance on results (e.g. Americans and Chinese prefer different layouts). Feel free to check these papers – especially the last one gives a very good overview of the previous research, and how designers can benefit from the research.