in domestic appliances to aid use by
1/ Look at one domestic appliance that
you find difficult to operate.
2/ Go through the process of operation
and identify where the stumbling block is (use the instruction manual
3/ Redesign that part of the appliance
to allow the following people to operate it: a)
you b) your parents c)
a visually impaired person d) a 10 year old
e) a 75 year old.
1/ Document different operation icons/pictograms
that can be found on appliances and compare them with each other in terms
of clarity. Get various people's reactions (younger, older, men, women,
British and non-British).
2/ Choose three of those icons, and
compare how the design differs from each other on five different makes
of the same type of appliance.
3/ Analysing the above, come up with
the ultimate solution/icon/pictogram for those three type of operation.
1/ Pick one type of domestic appliance
(e.g. kettle, fridge, cooker, hair dryer etc) and document the different
functions for five different brands.
2/ Select three functions and rate
each brand for usability (scale of one to five) if the appliance is to
be used by the following: a) you b)
your mother c) your father d)
a visually impaired person e) a 10 year old
f) a 75 year old.
3/ Pick one function and design a solution
that can be used by all of these users.
1/ Investigate the effect of ageing
on sense of touch, sight and hearing.
2/ Pick one type of domestic appliance
(e.g. kettle, fridge, cooker, hair dryer etc) and document its different
3/ Redesign five functions so they
can be used by a 75 year old without needing the manual.