Best ergonomic data source?
Looking for a good book or website that supplies ergonomic figures for all kinds of activities: best table height, diameter of tool handle, space needed for steering wheel, height to put swicthes, etc.0
Henry Dreyfuss and his office spent more time measuring humans for industrial design purposes than anyone else, so I think their text is still the gold standard: The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design
Try MIL-STD-1472 "This standard establishes general human engineering design criteria for military systems, subsystems, equipment and facilities." This is the guide that military hardware is designed to.
This is only for buildings (thus no steering wheel,etc.), but I love it:
Materials, Structures, and Standards: All the Details Architects Need to Know But Can Never Find by Julia McMorrough
OK, I got four great answers! Is anyone familar with all four sources and can suggest which of them is more complete, more useable, than the others?
The Measure of Man is spectacular and is a book that is a standard to work from. It's also gorgeous. #industrialdesigner http://www.amazon.com/The-Measure-Man-Factors-Design/dp/B0007EB84G
I second The Measure of Man (which is now called The Measure of Man and Woman). It's very comprehensive and a true pleasure to look at.
Nomadic Furniture 1 and 2 by Hennessee and Papanek: (http://www.weareheavyduty.com/2008/08/04/nomadic-furniture-book-diy-cardboard-chair/)
I liked Woodson's book Human Factors Design Handbook when I was in school. But it's from that era (showing my age), and really hasn't kept up with the times. But then again, what HF book has? Multitouch, anyone?
NASA's Man-Systems Integration Standards are freely available on the web: http://msis.jsc.nasa.gov/. Very interesting stuff--how to make a graspable handle in zero g, that sort of thing.
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