Human Factors In Design

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The term human factor is used in many fields of study because of the human involvement in these factors. However the general meaning of human factor is the study of all aspects of human behaviour and how they relate to the surrounding world. This study is aimed at improving performance in operations and safety.


For example, before one designs, he/she should consider the capabilities and limitations of those that you are designing for. As these considerations are made, one assumption is usually used and that is: that all users share common capabilities. However, it is important to note the fact that there are other individuals with differences which need not be ignored during design. Some of the human factors considered in design include: perception, memory, response time, handedness (left or right), attention, cognition, movement etc. All these are considered before design to ensure that the end product is workable and performs according to plan. This paper seeks to highlight the influence of human memory in the interface design (Carey, 1996: pp.28-32). What aspects of human memory are considered before the interface design How do these considerations increase the quality of interface design These and many more questions shall be answered in this paper.
Interface design has often been defined as the enabling of client customer or visitor to interact with a product especially a piece of software. Interface design is sometimes referred to as the User Interface Design or User Interface Engineering which refers to the design of a computers, websites, mobile communication devices, software applications, machines, etc with main focus being on the experience of the user and interaction. ...
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