Friday, July 23, 2010

Elderly Challenge - Observation 4

We can actually see a lot of elderly who are working for a living to actually earn. Most of these jobs are actually physical labour, like working as cleaners or collecting cans. There are two reasons for this, they have no family to fall back on for financial support. Another is that they would want to fill their time usefully by earning money for themselves and at the same time, benefiting the community.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Elderly Challenge - Observation 3

The elderly seems to usually be alone and having no one to actually support himself or herself. That is why we actually have families. These senior citizens would need something to support or fall back on for basically every aspect in life. These includes financially and mentally and a lot more others. Without their support, they would have to struggle through with pain.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Elderly Challenge - Observation 2

Like most elderly, they do not want to feel trapped inside their respective homes so they would rather go out around and just simply going around, enjoying the fresh air. Most of them do not have own vehicles, (some of them do, but seem to prefer to stay at home instead) so they actually use the public transports available to them to go to their particular destinations. Some just have things to do such as grocery shopping or basic exercise. Yet, they still face difficulties of moving from destination A to B due to their limitations in mobility.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Elderly Challenge - Observation 1

As you can see here, the elderly found in this cafe is spending their time over here to actually have a meal. Although it does seem that it is not during any of the time when we usually have our lunch/dinner. Being in the near afternoon, they would more prefer to go out eating meals with their friends or other seniors to actually talk with about everyday situations. Because of this, they would much more prefer to actually eat outside and stay in touch with their friends as well as enjoy the outdoors instead of eating at home which they are usually lonely.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ergonomics II

1. What is Ergonomics?
2. What are the 5 aspects of Ergonomics?
3. For each aspects of Ergonomics, explain with an example of a product that is designed for the elderly, how the product meet that particular aspect of Ergonomics.

1. Ergonomics is the efficiency of the way people work in a working environment.
2. They are comfort, safety, ease of use, productivity/performance and aesthetics. (Source:
3. Products for:
Safety - Single Outlet Surge Protector. Protects against power surges or wiring failure so it could also prevents fire and injuries to the owner. (

Comfort - Traction Sole Slipper Socks. It is safe and warm in addition with its other features. (

Ease of use - The Grabber Tool. It is easily being used and the things around them are easily accessible without stress. (

Productivity/Performance - Tools Screwdriver, 10 in 1. This helps the elderly to carry out the normal fixing routines with ease and faster too as they do not have to change it which is time-consuming. (

Aesthetics - The Samsung C20. It is really elderly-friendly due to its sleek and small design to make it on-the-go type of video camcorder. With the functions really simple too that seniors can record videos of the same quality as any other person could. It really is that simple. (

Ergonomics I

1. Compare the 2 different workplaces, state your observations.
Compared to workplace 2, workplace 1 seems to be less of a efficient working environment because it seems to be uncomfortable, complicated, unorganised and distracting/disruptive. The space around the worker in workplace 1 seems to have a limited amount of space, thus, making the work much harder for the worker to actually carry out what he has to do whereas in workplace 2, he could do everything he needed to do with ease and also, comfort. All of the designs are also adjustable to fit one’s preferences. This is actually a good initiative as different people would actually have different preferences of their own and thus, making to only one preference, like the workplace 1’s working furniture, could cause a lot of problems to those who cannot adapt to it. Another thing is that workplace 1 seems to be much more safer than workplace 2 too and that is one of the important factors in ergonomics that we would have to take note.
2. Which workplace is preferred? State with reasons why one workplace is preferred over the other.
Workplace 2 is much preferred over workplace 1 as it actually has all the innovative products that actually make the working environment around someone easily accessible. In addition to that, it makes doing work painless and without stress needed. For example, the freedom chair does not actually constrict movement whereas the chair from workplace 1 causes a lot of problems as it is hard to move about and you really need to move a lot when you’re working in the office or a working environment. Height and depth was also being taken to notice as it could disrupt your eyesight and slow down the working process. Also, workplace 2 seems to be much safer than workplace 1.
3. What are the considerations that should be taken into account when designing a workplace that is suitable for the user?
There are actually five main important factors. They are the comfort and simplicity, the height and depth, the lighting around, the freedom of movement and usable desk space.
4. Why do you think that Ergonomics is important when designing?
Ergonomics is important as it could actually affect the way someone actually works as it is actually the working environment around them. Ergonomics could also affect the product rate of a particular company, thus affecting the economy.