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Design Critique: Products for People

Encouraging usable designs for a better customer experience.

Jul 18, 2008

On the 3rd anniversary of Design Critique, Dr. Paul Green joins Timothy Keirnan for a wordcast episode on Human Factors Engineering. What is it, how does it contribute to user experience research and design, and how do people get trained in it?
Dr. Green is incoming president of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. You can find them at

At the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), Dr. Green is a research professor in UMTRI's Human Factors Division. You can find UMTRI at

The websites for ACM SIGCHI and UPA are at and

The Bad Designs On Campus awards can be found at

The 50th Anniversary issue of the Human Factors Journal is at

The Human Factors Short Course is at

Finally, two books we mentioned were
Introduction to Human Factors Engineering (2nd Edition) by Wickens, Lee, Liu, and Gordon-Becker
Set Phases On Stun: And Other True Tales of Design, Technology, and Human Error by Casey

Check out my interview with Paul Green on usability in driving.

Thanks to all listeners for a great third year and for telling others about Design Critique. I hope I can make the fourth year as varied and interesting.