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Ergonomics & its Relationship with Anthropometry in Interior Design

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Bhoomika HS

Ergonomics is the science of making any space or environment safer and more comfortable for the end users through design, using anthropometric data. Anthropometry is one such field of study that supports ergonomics and deals with human body measurements. Anthropometric studies can be made relating to a specific population and different age groups.

In ergonomics, anthropometric data plays a major role while designing interiors and helps make spaces a good fit between people and what they interact with. When these fundamentals of design are used in the earliest stages of the design process, they identify and increase the opportunities for innovation.

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What is the significance of Anthropometry and Ergonomics in Interior Design?

Anthropometrics are tools for interior designers that help make working easy and more efficient in terms of relative comfort. These are factors that need to be considered when designing joinery or cabinetry, furniture, planning circulation spaces, workspaces, accessibility, and overall design of spaces.

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Classification of Ergonomics

1. Physical Ergonomics

This domain deals majorly with how human anatomy, anthropometric data, physiological aspects, and biomechanical characteristics relate to physical activity. These may broadly include Working dynamics and postures, Manual handling, Repetitive movements, Musculoskeletal disorders, and existing space layout and environment.

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2. Psychological Ergonomics

This domain majorly deals with all the mind-based analytics and mental processes such as perception, memory, reasoning, and emotion and how these interact with products, systems, and their immediate environments.


3. Organizational Ergonomics

This deals with optimizing the structures, policies, and processes of socio-technical systems. These broadly depend on factors such as Communication, Work design, Staff resource and management, Working time patterns, cooperative work strategies, Quality management and checks, Organizational culture, and ethics.

We can further understand that ergonomics can help us navigate and identify user characteristics that we can and should consider while designing.

Here is a list of some of such characteristics:

•        Body Size

•        Strength

•        Mobility

•        Sensory Sensitivity

•        Mental Ability

•        Experience

•        Training

•        Culture

•        Emotions

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Bhoomika HS

Bhoomika HS

This article has been written by Bhoomika HS, team Kaarwan. She is on a journey to find her voice, through her writing and inner joys!