User-centred design of a portable fire extinguisher

Amos, Mary and Lawson, Glyn (2017) User-centred design of a portable fire extinguisher. Ergonomics in Design, 25 (3). pp. 20-27. ISSN 1064-8046

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Abstract

This case study documents the process followed to produce an alternative design of fire extinguisher. The work focuses on how informative data can be gathered for an ethically challenging product scenario through the use of a range of user-centred research methods, including: literature review; product evaluation; shadowing study; empathy study; expert interview; focus groups; and simulation equipment. Design improvements as a consequence of this process include: reductions in size and weight; refillable cartridges; single-handed operation; intuitive form; minimal clean up post-use; and better portability.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ©2017 by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Keywords: Fire extinguisher, User-centred design, Ergonomics, Industrial design, User testing, Design process
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1177/1064804617707871
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 12:12
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 13:54
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42560

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