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Great beginners manual for breadth of Human Factors
on January 29, 2001
This book is an excellent beginner's manual for Human Factors. It is used in several college's Human Factor's initial courses.
The topics it covers are the basic "physical" human factors topics. There is breadth but not depth. However it does not do much with UI design. There is nothing on Web design or computer station design.
This book's data is limited to examples that illustrate various points in the book. If you need detailed anthropometric data or workspace recoommendations you won't find it here.
Alan Cooper's book About face can help you with the UI part.
Jakob Nielson's Web Usability or Steve Krug's Don't make me think book can give you information on Web design.
Woodson's Human Factors Design Handbook can help you with the computer station part. At lot of money for just this though.
If you need detailed anthropmetric date, the sources I am most familiar with are:
Human Factors Design Handbook by Woodson(though it is a biased sample, if this is all you can get it is better than nothing) Woodson's newer book (2nd edition) gives computer station information, but is pricey for just this.
The measure of Man and Woman by Henry Dreyfuss and Associates (dated in 1970s)
BodySpace by Stephen Pheasant (in metric)
International data on Anthropometry by Hans W. Jurgens (gives you some international data found nowhere else).
Another thing that may help you is the table of contents:
Table of Contents:
PART 1: INTRODUCTION
1. Human Factors and Systems
2. Human Factors Research Methodologies
Part 2: INFORMATION INPUT
3. Information Input and Processing
4. Text, Graphics, Symbols and Codes
5. Visual Display of Dynamic Information
6. Auditory, Tactual and Olfactory Displays
7. Speech Communications
PART 3: HUMAN OUTPUT AND CONTROL
8. Physical Work and Manual Materials Handling
9. Motor Skills
10. Human Control of systems
11. Controls and Data Entry devices
12. Hand tools and devices
PART 4: WORKPLACE DESIGN
13. Applied Anthropometry, Work-space design and Seating
14. Arrangement of Components within a Physical Space
15. Interpersonal Aspects of Workplace Design
PART 5: ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
PART 6: HUMAN FACTORS APPLICATIONS
20. Human Error, Accidents and Safety
21. Human Factors and the Automobile
22. Human Factors in Systems design
A. List of Abbreviations
B. Control Devices
C. NIOSH Recommended Action Limit Formula for Lifting Tasks