• Best ergonomic data source?

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  • 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.

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    Question by kevin kelly

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

Answer by mr_s

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.

Answer by neilgg
Answer by dbourbon

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

Answer by gamercer

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?

Answer by kevin kelly

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

Answer by freds4hb
Answer by eric moore

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.

Answer by ninetek

Nomadic Furniture 1 and 2 by Hennessee and Papanek: (http://www.weareheavyduty.com/2008/08/04/nomadic-furniture-book-diy-cardboard-chair/)

Answer by jasonforjustice

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.

Answer by jhom
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