Visualization of regulations to support design and quality control

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to visualize design regulations of furniture by means of interactive multimedia
technology based on cognitive theories and practical examples. Furthermore, the usage of the visualized regulations
to support education, communication, learnability, relevance and attitudes was evaluated. The visualized regulations
were the result of a design process involving experts and potential users in collaboration with IKEA of Sweden AB.
The results showed a very positive response in using visualized regulations. The approach to visualize the regulations
with interactive illustrations and animations resulted in clear presentations of important regulations, and great
attitudes. The subjects strongly expressed their opinion to use the visualized regulations developed and tested in the
study in their current work. Still, the training and visualization could be improved with more examples and
clarifications. These kinds of visualizations have also proved to be applicable in other product areas at IKEA, where
new regulations are being visualized. It is likely that the approaches to design and visualized regulations in this case
study could function in other branches such as ergonomic evaluations in the car industry. The visualized regulations
of bunk beds have been distributed among intended users throughout the organization, and visualizations of other
product segments are ongoing.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Keywords

  • product design, participatory ergonomics, Communication, human computer interaction, visualization
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventIEA2006 congress – Meeting diversity in ergonomics - Maastricht, The Netherlands, Netherlands
Duration: 2006 Jul 102006 Jul 14

Conference

ConferenceIEA2006 congress – Meeting diversity in ergonomics
CountryNetherlands
Period2006/07/102006/07/14