Industrial Design and Human Engineering

  The Industrial Design (ID) profession covers a wide spectrum of application in industry. From its inception in the early 1920's, and IMHO best expressed of late at the consumer level by Apple's product design, Segway, BMW, etc., ID represents the disciplines of form following function and human factors engineering. In simpler terms making the machine or system interface user friendly.

Whether it's a machine - hand tool, web site, software application, gui, game design, furniture, etc., the controls or functions should be intuitive and the tactile aspects should be comfortable and adaptable to each unique user. Intuitiveness is a constant challenge as new technology usually requires learning new motions; like game controls, or in another instance - an iPhone.

Monitor, plasma or LCD displays for software applications or websites require seasoned design skills to incorporate tactile, audio, and/or visual sensory feedback.


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