THE METHODOLOGY OF CONTROL PANEL DESIGN
Final rept. 1 Feb 1964-30 Apr 1965
BUNKER-RAMO CORP CANOGA PARK CA SYSTEMS EFFECTIVENESS DEPT
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Nine control panel drawings were developed by designers using standard design criteria from a designers guide. The drawings were then evaluated by five experts representing the disciplines of human factors, industrial design, maintainability and reliability engineering. Sample panels were mocked up and subjects were tested in operational use of these panels. The major results of the overall study were that 1 Designers manifest a high degree of variability in developing control panel drawings even when presented with a standard package of design information 2 human engineering design criteria appear to be significant only in relation to anticipated operator performance characteristics, and difficulties in applying these criteria stem from lack of empirical knowledge of these relationships 3 a major source of difficulty in securing the application of human engineering design criteria by designers is the latters lack of a system-behavioral approach to design. The major need in the control panel design area is empirical research to refine and standardize simple and quickly applied evaluation techniques. More information is needed concerning the manner in which designers utilize human factors and other design inputs.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems