Links on Human Factors

Ergonomics for Interaction Designers

The topic of discussion is the increasing value of ergonomics knowledge to the interaction designer. Ergonomics is necessary for 3-dimensional, tangible product design where issues of physical fit and comfort are critical. But for interaction designers in the 2-dimensional world of the display screen, ergonomics has largely been…irrelevant. For example in most cases, interfaces are designed for existing, defined hardware that are out of the control of the interaction designer. But things are changing.

The continuing convergence of digital interfaces with physical products is putting interaction designers in a position where knowledge of anthropometrics, kinesthetics, and other non-cognitive human capabilities is valuable for creating effective design solutions.

Ergonomics for Interaction Designers: Part 1
Ergonomics for Interaction Designers: Part 2
Ergonomics for Interaction Designers: Part 3

ROIs on PhDs. How much are trailing letters worth to you?

Have you wondered whether earning a PhD would improve your lot? Mid-to Advanced career professionals often ask me if i think a PhD would be worth it for them. When they say “worth it,” they typically have two specific questions in mind:

  • Will having a PhD confer me more credibility and ability to move up in the workplace?
  • Will having trailing letters will result in a bigger salary?

The literal, simplistic answer is, “Yes, more credibility and 17K/year according to Sauro’s analysis of the recent UPA Salary Survey.” But, the real answer is probably no. Earning a PhD requires two things:

  1. The keen desire to spend roughly a decade thinking about ONE well-defined problem
  2. An enthusiasm to spend roughly a decade poor

ROIs on PhDs. How much are trailing letters worth to you?

Bad Designs

Bad Designs is a scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles.

Bad Designs

How much a PhD is worth- the price of a PhD in the usability profession

Does a PhD pay off financially? The author recently helped conduct the statistical analysis of the UPA 2009 salary survey, and used this opportunity to look into the data to see if he could calculate how much a PhD affects salaries in this profession. The data set contained salary information for a wide range of jobs in the profession—usability engineers, designers, managers and information architects.

How much a PhD is worth- the price of a PhD in the usability profession

National Ergonomics Month (NEM)

In 2003, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) designated October of every year to be National Ergonomics Month (NEM). The purpose of NEM is to focus on promoting human factors/ ergonomics to corporate executives, students, and the general public by providing information and services to the community.

Human Factors is included in NEM. More completely NEM could have been called National Human Factors and Ergonomics Month, but for convenience the shorter name is being used. The shorter name is more effective since many people already believe Ergonomics and Human Factors are synonymous.

NEM is for everyone- educators, reporters, HFES members, students, consumers, and community, industry, and government leaders.

National Ergonomics Month (NEM)

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, founded in 1957, furthers serious consideration of knowledge about the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system. And, it advocates systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance.

The society’s mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. It has 23 technical groups and numerous local and student chapters.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Games To Explain Human Factors

This presentation includes images from “Games To Explain Human Factors: Come, Participate, Learn & Have Fun!!!”, a keynote presentation at the 2010 Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention at Missouri Western State University, March 26, 2010. The keynote address by Ron Shapiro used games to illustrate how you can optimize information design and other aspects of their solutions to capitalize on human strengths and compensate for human weaknesses.

Games To Explain Human Factors website
Albums from other games presentations

Online Advertising: Factors That Influence Customer Experience

Psychological factors such as thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition directly correlate with our customers’ online advertising experience. Making customers feel like wanting to do something requires us to offer a completely enthralling experience, not one that has negative connotations for our customers.

Today, we often see advertisements that clamor for our attention, begging us to view them. Customers’ past experiences with the Web set their expectations for online advertising today. How can we shift this prevalent advertising paradigm to one that instead has psychological appeal?

Online Advertising: Factors That Influence Customer Experience

Cognitive Psychology Websites & Resources

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List of Cognitive Psychology Websites & Resources

  1. The Mouse Trap- by Sandeep Gautam. Musings on cognitive and developmental psychology seasoned with occasional linguistic digressions and diversions
  2. Cognitive Daily- reports nearly every day on fascinating peer-reviewed developments in cognition from the most respected scientists in the field
  3. Cognitive Psychology Arena- provides researchers, instructors and students in Cognitive Psychology with information on the range of books and journals produced by Psychology Press, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, and Routledge.
  4. CogNews- A description of cognitive psychology terminology

Interfaces Magazine

Interfaces is a quarterly magazine with features, events, reviews and jobs. Interfaces is available in print for members and as downloads for everyone else.

Interfaces Magazine