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Human Factors Design Handbook 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070717688
ISBN-10: 0070717680
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This new edition, published some ten years after the first book rolled off the press, reflects the explosion in technology witnessed over this past decade and draws heavily on lessons learned during this technical revolution...Far too often, a new edition of a book is merely a few cosmetic changes to the previous edition, a new cover, a new chapter or two, perhaps. But substantive changes are infrequently made. The HUMAN FACTORS HANDBOOK, Second Edition is the exception to the rule. The premier edition was torn asunder and ripped into this decade by the talented hands of the Tillmans. Worth adding to the shelves of any designer or engineer, the HUMAN FACTORS HANDBOOK, Second Edition is the definitive guide on designing with human minds.''

All designers and industrial engineers should read this book.''

A skillfully handled work that quantifies many disparate design and program concepts, the HUMAN FACTORS DESIGN HANDBOOK makes a solid addition to design and engineering collections.''

The new edition reflects many new concepts based on lessons learned with computers and from space prgrams. More than 500 diagrams, checklists, and tables help clarify the data presented.''

...useful for architects and for designers of all types - industrial, office, furniture, etc. Libraries that serve these professionals or students of architecture and design will want to consider purchase.''

Since its original publication, HUMAN FACTORS HANDBOOK has become a standard for human factors design and analysis. The current edition will undoubtedly reinforce the authoritative status of the book. Purchase is stongly recommended (in spite of the price) for both academic and industrial libraries and for human factors designers, engineers, and consultants.''

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (January 22, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070717680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070717688
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 2.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By atmj TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a Human Factors professional that owns the 1st addition, shortly after purchasing this version (2nd edition), I questioned my wisdom.
This book is about 200 pages shy of the original and not surprisingly repeats many of the same information as it's predecessor. Unfortunately, it gives us little more than dated information with a bit of new stuff tacked on.
What really dissappointed me was that the anthropometric data that is provided here, dates back to that of the original's 1960's data. What is the point of a new edition? The census data stated here is so dated it is ridiculous, both in composition as well as age. I wish I had known that this data was not updated prior to my investing in the new edition. I would not have purchased it.
I question the usefulness of data published in so recent a book based primarily on Air force personnel of the 60s. That type of data had it's day & was appropriate at it's original publishing. Today's Human Factors professional needs more diversified data that is more international in it's scope. For that matter, I'm certain 1960s air force personnel (who are screened for height and weight) hardly represent the year 2000 demographics of the United States much better.
I found it interesting that the same graphics that may have been the best you could do in the original were repeated in this new document. Couldn't they refresh some of the look, clean up some of the old graphs. As the original was, this document is a mix of font styles, graphics and inconsistent data presentation. Does this truly represent the user of the document well? I recognize presentation is not "everything" but on a second pass of the same information you could dress it a bit better at least.
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A review of our book stated that the body measurement data came from 1960 Air Force studies. The reviewer should be pleased to know that the book actually contains some of the latest anthropometric data available for the U.S. population. Just before publication of the Human Factors Design Handbook, the U.S. Army completed measurements of nearly 9000 subjects. These data are contained in our book. While this is not a profile of the civilian population (male and female subjects ranged from age 18 to 51), it does provide fairly good estimates. Unfortunately, even now there is no comprehensive survey data for United States civilian population. Currently the Society of Automotive Engineers is coordinating a massive survey of United States and European civilian populations. The project participants include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and several industrial partners. The survey is called the Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource, or CAESARTM and data should be available late in 2001.
Just before updating the Human Factors Design Handbook, the author completed development of NASA's Man-Systems Integration Standards. This is the NASA "bible" of human factors design guidelines. Readers should feel confident in that these resources and data (including anthropometrics) were integrated throughout the revised edition of the Human Factors Design Handbook.
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Although its starting to be outdated its still a valuable reference and most of the data should still be helpful well into the future.

Some data is a rehash of MIL-STD-1472, but still presents it well. It also uses other unique or less known data sources.
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This is a great overview of many, many human factors elements. A designer should keep in mind the populations that the data is pulled from, as many are highly fit military enlistees, much stronger than the general baby-boomer population!
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