Ergonomics Intro.mp4

Direct Instruction

This was a short talk about how important anthropometrics and ergonomics are in designing.

This was backed up by a small presentation explaining the meaning of the words by breaking them down.


I kept this talk to the main points of what ergonomics and anthropometrics are all about and why we use them. The main point was to get the students building design ideas in 3D using real people to shape and sizer them around.

The students worked together well for the design work they were producing and made a good start in their understanding of the importance of including this information in their designing.

Class Site Content

Designing for People

Link to the class site where there is extra information about anthropometrics and ergonomics and how they are used in design work.

Learner Generated Content

Ergonomic Design Building.mp4

Ongoing Lesson

The students are building their design developments on each other in order to get the size and proportion correct.


These are the starting models that the students have been making. They will take these and develop further after analysing what worked and what did not work.

Karen Ferguson

Manaiakalani Research

Manaiakalani Education Trust

PO Box 18 061, Glen Innes

Auckland, New Zealand