as every process, design process as well in non linear and prompt to changes. Changes are constant back and forths that hopefully -and magically- lead to results.
which is exactly what i d like to call my new chapter arrangement, as more realistic, better from a time management point of view and generally more productive (not just because it really is more thought through, but also because it is the one i hope to stick with)
So my new chapter one is now a chapter that, as before, reviews chairs and conferences, only now chairs get a more in depth analysis, as only conferences did till now, including ergonomics remarks and market research on the conference chair field. That means that there will not be a market research chapter (it seemed a bit much anyway) and there wont be an ergonomics chapter either. Since i m not aiming on an ergonomical brake through, and i most definitely dont aim at reinventing the weel, this would have been a pointless analysis of known and common factors.
What i did find interesting though are the problems that those factors fail to solve, or the ones they create, whilst giving a solution on another level. As a designer coming out of a five year engineering course, i never heard of the problems ergonomics cannot solve before, -or at least not in that extend- and i am now happy to say that i have, through this managed to learn a whole range of exciting things about the human body and the way it is perceived by different professions involved with it. (a friend of mine, who is in med school once described human veins as an electronic cable that can never kill its manipulator). I also found out about somatics, a very interesting holistic theory based on well being rules that also describes the optimal way for using our bodies, though rejecting ergonomics as "too technical and focused for a system like the human body".
since all this new material is added here, the other ergonomics end, the workers' part will be integrated in chapter 2 and on the field research. Since the way they work and the way they use their body in order to
work has already been examined, the basic rules one needs to follow for their muscleskeletal safety can now be described.
The third chapter will remain as is, and fourth chapter will now be the new sixth, meaning the one nailing down all the findings from all chapters turning them -after evaluation- in a nice list of design guidelines. for this i should also not forget to read this (how to right a design brief -free advice on making design briefs effective, business focused, problem solving tools http://bit.ly/9qIGuV)
and design is coming. :-D
see more in the .pdf bellow. read this if you are interested in the history of chairs -one of the few objects almost as old as us-, ergonomics and measurements on chair design, materials and forms in side and conference chairs, and if you can read greek. or you can look at the pictures.