A comparison of design for human variability strategies in seating requirements of anthropometrically diverse populations

DS 75-5: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13) Design For Harmonies, Vol. 5: Design for X, Design to X, Seoul, Korea 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: deVries, Charlotte; Roach, Gregory; Parkinson, Matthew
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Pennsylvania State University, United States of America; 2: Brigham Young University - Idaho, United States of America
Page(s): 101-110
ISBN: 978-1-904670-48-3
ISSN: 2220-4334


When considering the needs of global populations, variations in overall body size and shape create an interesting situation for designers: should products designed for global markets achieve accommodation through a single variant, or should multiple variants—each targeted at a different market—be considered? The present work demonstrates the range of variability that can be exhibited by three distinct populations (male civilians in India, Japan, and the United States) and the effect of different globalization strategies on design requirements. The work focuses on "fit" or spatial accommodation in seating, excluding comfort and other important aspects of seat design. Qualitative assessments of the strategies and how appropriate they might be for other Design for Human Variability (DfHV) problems are provided.

Keywords: Inclusive design, user centred design, design for X, ergonomics, global populations


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