Tag: usability


STOCK photo

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May 2015

Considering Human Factors in Military R&D: A Body Armour Example

In military research and development, we often come across equipment specifications that have to be met to resolve technical issues and keep pace with the capabilities of other nations. Because new and exciting technologies are developed at an unprecedented rate, it’s easy to focus on the technological attributes of new...

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KISS Those Bad Surveys Good-Bye

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Apr 2015

KISS Those Bad Surveys Good-Bye

Emily-Ana Filardo Developing an effective survey can be a form of art. I know what you’re thinking: how difficult can it be, right? You want to know how people feel about something, so you ask them a bunch of questions. Essentially that is what survey development is. But ensuring that...

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Bird's eye view of New York City streets

23

Jan 2015

The Grid: Supercities Made Easy

I love New York. That’s the saying, right? Google tells me it’s been New York’s slogan to promote tourism since 1977. Upon my recent visit to NY for the first time, I have to admit, it’s the perfect slogan – I too love New York. The culture is amazing, the...

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Tops of pill bottles, which say "Push Down & Turn".

03

Dec 2014

Helpings Hands, Literally

Open Sesame! If only getting things to open were as easy as calling out a magical phrase. For many people, it is a daily challenge to open jars and prescription bottles. Even worse are the overly packaged products sealed in hard plastic to make them both easier to display and...

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Administrative and Technical Evolution of HSI®

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Oct 2014

Administrative and Technical Evolution of HSI®

Working for the same company for almost 25 years has been interesting, to say the least. You don’t notice the little changes as they are happening, but when you look at how far things have come in 20+ years, you realize the impact of those little changes. I started at...

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Keep the Aging Population Moving

09

Oct 2014

Keep the Aging Population Moving

Over the last 30 years, the median age of Canadians has increased by an astounding 13 years to almost 40 years of age. That means half of the Canadian population is over 40. With the number of seniors increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, we expect...

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance  of a Good (Kitchen) Layout

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Sep 2014

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Good (Kitchen) Layout

Workplace layout is of major focus across a multitude of organizations lately. Recent studies report the importance of layout and office design to improve productivity, spark inspiration, and reduce fatigue. For example, a recent article in Harvard Business Review explains that major corporations across the U.S., such as Google, Yahoo,...

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Paint By Numbers

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Sep 2014

Paint By Numbers

Picking paint colours is difficult.  Very difficult.  You have to think about what it will look like with your furniture, with the amount of light in the room, and at different times of the day.  A wrong selection is an expensive and time-consuming error. Whoever thought of the system to...

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