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User-centred design of a portable fire extinguisher

Amos, Mary; Lawson, Glyn

Authors

Mary Amos

Glyn Lawson glyn.lawson@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

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
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Journal Ergonomics in Design
Print ISSN 1064-8046
Electronic ISSN 1064-8046
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Amos, M., & Lawson, G. (2017). User-centred design of a portable fire extinguisher. Ergonomics in Design, 25(3), doi:10.1177/1064804617707871
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1064804617707871
Keywords Fire extinguisher, User-centred design, Ergonomics, Industrial design, User testing, Design process
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1064804617707871
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information ©2017 by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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