Ergonomics of Interaction

Learn about some ergonomics that can affect interaction between humans and computers.


Ergonomics, also known as human factors, is the study of the physical characteristics of human interaction with other systems. Ergonomics helps the designer to design an interface that enhances user performance. It is a vast field of human psychology but also closely related to HCI. For this reason, we are going to study some important factors of ergonomics as a part of this introductory course.

Arrangement of controls and displays

To enhance performance, display sections and controls should be grouped logically. A logical arrangement will allow the user to access them rapidly. The logic of arrangement depends on the application and the domain. Some possible arrangements are:

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