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Ergonomics and Usability

Regular discipline – 24 hours – Graduate Course on Interior Design – Sustentare Business School

Three Cognitive Psychology theories are presented: Information Processing, Activity Theory and Embodied Cognition. The first one show students how the mind works, the second one helps working with social constrains and the third one accounts for affect and emotions. For each aspect, students experiment with a set of methods for understanding the particular context of the design project.

Student assessment consists of a small project aimed at improving a social activity in a particular environment. First, they have to analyze it using the Engeström Activity System and identify contradictions between their elements. Second, they have to find the strongest contradictions and propose a redesign of the tools moving the contradictions to other parts of the system.

This is a mockup for a new pizza cutting appliance created by a student activity analysis.

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