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With so much attention placed upon comfort in the sale of many goods and in relation to musculoskeletal injuries, it is surprising that there is no generally accepted notion of comfort or discomfort that allow them to be easily incorporated into the design process. Because of this lack of a comfort/discomfort paradigm, industry also lacks a reference linking comfort and design.

Some designers have found that the best way to engineer comfort into their products is to involve the end-user in the process. Comfort and Design: Principles and Good Practice presents cases that demonstrate the success that companies from five countries around the world have enjoyed by engineering products with comfort in mind. The contributors discuss the theory behind ergonomic engineering and demonstrate practice by using case studies, presenting these elements together for the first time in one source. The text also explores the costs and benefits associated with reducing discomfort in the workplace and increasing comfort in product design.

Whether for designing products that will reap higher sales or for designing workstations that will increase productivity and reduce worker injury and discomfort, this book will serve as a guide to develop and implement effective design strategies to deal with comfort.

Reviews

"…a welcome reference for ergonomists involved in this specialty… Especially interesting are the ideas presented on how the concept of comfort is related to an individual's emotional response to a product, how it influences an individual's perception of comfort, how to measure it, and the importance of including this in the product development process…a useful reference for graduate students, ergonomists, and researchers involved in product development, as well as industrial designers."

-Teresa Bellingar, Ph.D., AEP, Ergonomics in Design, Winter 2007 Issue

Contents

THEORY

Comfort Experience

Theory on Comfort

A Theory on Pressure Distribution and Seat Discomfort

Participatory Ergonomics and Comfort

CASES ON REDUCING DISCOMFORT IN WORK

Discomfort and Productivity in Improved Bricklaying

Reducing Discomfort in Work by New Products for Glaziers

Reducing Discomfort in the Installation Work

Reducing Discomfort in Office Work

Productivity and Discomfort in Manual Assembly Operations

Productivity and Discomfort in Assembly Work: The Effects of and Ergonomic Work Place Adjustment at Philips DAP

CASES ON CHAIR COMFORT

Comfort in Furniture at Home

Discomfort and Dynamics in Office Chairs

Designing Comfortable Passenger Seats

Comfort by an Emotion-Aware Office Chair

CASES ON HAND TOOL COMFORT

Towards a Comfortable Paint Scraper

Development of a Handheld Steelfixing Tool

Comfort Effects of Participatory Design of Screw Drivers

Comfortable Manual Bag Sealing

CASES ON VEHICULAR INTERIOR COMFORT

Comfortable View in an Earth Moving Machine of 2015

Tram Drivers' Comfort

Redesign of Earth Moving Machines: It's Also in the Details

Concept of a Future Nissan Car Interior

COST/BENEFITS

Cost/Benefits of Comfort Products for Professional Use

Name: Comfort and Design: Principles and Good Practice (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: Edited by Peter VinkContributors: J. Visser, Kageyu Noro, M.A.J. Kompier, Sarah C. Nichols, Goroh Fujimaki, Shinsuke Kishi, H.F. van der Molen, Reiko Mitsuya, Taku Teraoka, Tim Bosch, Robin E. Bronkhorst, J. van Deursen, Sandra Maria Eikhout, Roy Colin Davies, Pieter Desmet, M.D. Hagedoorn-de Groot, A.M. de Jong, M.P. de Looze, Maartie C. Dekker, Liesbeth Groenesteijn, Ernst Anton P. Koningsveld, Frank Krause, L.F.M. Kuijt-Evers, D.S.C. Osinga, C.N. Reijneveld, I.A. Ruiter, N. Schoenmaker, J.H. van Dieen, M.P. van der Grinten, J.W. van Rhijn, J.C. Beckers, F.K. Cheung, J.P. Djajadiningrat, B.J.A. van Haperen, Thomas Konig, S.H. Lee, C.J. Overbeeke, Johan Stahre, G.H. Tuinzaad, L. Vormer, A.A. Visser. With so much attention placed upon comfort in the sale of many goods and in relation to musculoskeletal injuries, it is surprising that there is no generally accepted notion of comfort or discomfort that allow them to be easily incorporated into the...
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