The intention of this paper is not a reflection on the status of the history of Ergonomics but an effort for an increased understanding of the historical meaning of Ergonomics and its perspectives to design practices. The sense of Ergonomics may be understood from the circumstances that endorsed its creation and derived from the constant progress and transformation of its meaning. This contribution is built on the hypothesis that during the Industrial Revolution the workers’/users’ detachment from their artefacts production lead them to be hostage of highly specialized professionals. In this sense, the role of ergonomists (like social designers in a sense) could be advocated as mediators asked to shape a renewed relationship between workers/users, their artefacts and the environment.

Ergonomics as if people really mattered

PIZZOCARO, SILVIA LUISA
2006-01-01

Abstract

The intention of this paper is not a reflection on the status of the history of Ergonomics but an effort for an increased understanding of the historical meaning of Ergonomics and its perspectives to design practices. The sense of Ergonomics may be understood from the circumstances that endorsed its creation and derived from the constant progress and transformation of its meaning. This contribution is built on the hypothesis that during the Industrial Revolution the workers’/users’ detachment from their artefacts production lead them to be hostage of highly specialized professionals. In this sense, the role of ergonomists (like social designers in a sense) could be advocated as mediators asked to shape a renewed relationship between workers/users, their artefacts and the environment.
9789515582102
Studies in ergonomics
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