Ergonomics for Interaction Designers

Session Title

Ergonomics for Interaction Designers


Rob Tannen, Bresslergroup

Session Type: Discussion

The convergence of digital user interfaces with physical products (e.g., embedded interfaces, touch screens, gestural input) means that knowledge of ergonomics is valuable, if not essential, for creating effective interactive designs.

This is an introduction to anthropometric design and research methods, aimed at interface designers who have minimal background in ergonomic methods.

The session will relate already understood interface design principles to parallels in physical ergonomic design, and includes:

* Overview of fundamental ergonomic design principles and misconceptions
* Case studies at the intersection of product and user interface design
* Actionable takeaways & guidelines to apply immediately

Attendees will gain a better awareness of ergonomic issues and basic methods for addressing them in the context of interaction design projects.”


Rob Tannen is a human-centered design researcher with expertise in both physical and digital user interfaces. He is director of research at Bresslergroup, a leading product design & development firm, where he works on a range of consumer, medical and commercial products.

He created, a reference blog on user research for designers. He has also represented the human factors perspective as a judge for several major design awards including the IDEAs, ID Magazine Annual Review, and the Human Factors Society Product Design Group. Rob has served as chair of the IDSA Human Factors section and vice-chair of the new Human Interaction section.

Rob earned a PhD in human factors from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist.


  1. Posted September 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Would like to see this.

  2. Posted September 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I’m interested in seeing this.

  3. Rob Tannen
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Dan and Valeska – thanks for your interest, but could you be specific about what specifically interests you and what you would hope to learn?