The Need for and Lessons from a Web-Based Tool for Design for Human Variability

Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Design Research and Education (ICADRE14)

Year: 2014
Editor: Edwin Koh, Victor Shim, Tan Woei Wan, Ian Gibson, Andi S. Putra
Author: Haupt, D. Reuben; Garneau, Christopher J.; Parkinson, Matthew B.
Institution: Penn State University, Pennsylvania
Section: User-Centred Design
Page(s): 127-130
DOI number: 10.3850/978-981-09-1348-9_055
ISBN: 978-981-09-1348-9


Design for Human Variability (DfHV) is a DfX activity that supports the design of artifacts, tasks, and environments that are robust to the variabilty in their users. This requires an understanding of the body size and shape of the target user population. Unfortunately, data and training to properly support these activities are not adequate. A website ( was created several years ago to address this need and to support those in academia and industry. It takes advantage of opportunities, such as interactivity, not available in traditional tables and texts. This paper formally introduces the site to the community, summarizes usage, and makes recommendations for future work.

Keywords: User-Centred Design

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