User Adaptive Design

Harry Millington-Palmer

To achieve higher levels of ergonomics towards a design, the product must be able to fit to most or all user characteristics by using user adaptiveness. It entails that the chosen product should allow the user to have control over the functionality of the product, whilst maintaining its original purpose. Contributing to the designs ‘ease of use’ in a personalised methodology. It consists of three restrain; that should always be considered throughout design.

  • User system management – Allowing the user to manipulate the designs system to their own likings. Every user has an individual thought pattern that influences their desired system dynamics.
  • Self ergonomic orientation – Giving the user the ability to adjust the designs ergonomic traits to their specific body specifications. This allows for a broader user base and a more comfortable interaction for the user.
  • User aesthetic preference – The visual aesthetic is a considerable trait to users appeal towards a design. All users have different perceptions of ‘eye-pleasing’ designs. By making the products colour, texture and structure an adaptable feature by the users choice, engages a larger audience base.

By following these 3 crucial steps within design, the final product will be more versatile and in some form of way develop its own functionality by leaving it upto the user’s choice. Methods to understand and implement these factors throughout your design, you must have a broad user base to work from. Having information on the user’s individual traits in their use of the product`

Feature Image: Jurgen Appelo. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY 2.0