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User-centred design of a portable fire extinguisher

Amos, Mary; Lawson, Glyn

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Mary Amos

Associate Professor


This case study documents the process followed to produce an alternative design of fire extinguisher. The work focuses on how informative data can be gathered for an ethically challenging product scenario through the use of a range of user-centred research methods, including: literature review; product evaluation; shadowing study; empathy study; expert interview; focus groups; and simulation equipment. Design improvements as a consequence of this process include: reductions in size and weight; refillable cartridges; single-handed operation; intuitive form; minimal clean up post-use; and better portability.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 30, 2017
Online Publication Date May 30, 2017
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Deposit Date May 5, 2017
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2017
Journal Ergonomics in Design
Print ISSN 1064-8046
Electronic ISSN 1064-8046
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 20-27
Keywords Fire extinguisher, User-centred design, Ergonomics, Industrial design, User testing, Design process
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Additional Information ©2017 by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


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