I would like to hear about your thoughts how much the field of
user-interface design and interaction design related to "Ergonomics."
And how much we can learn from "Ergonomics" about the interaction design?
This, I have been thinking of for long time.
Looking back in 1990s, I learnt the user-interface design partially
applying the discipline of human factors study in a university, and I
realize there are any thing I can take from the field of Ergonomics.
Nowadays, Ergonomics people think everybody have to come to them to ask
about user-interface and usability.
Actually, we can find a lot of Ergonomics consulting offer the service in
user-interface design and even web design.
How do they do? And what is the most different outcome we can expect
usability design firms from ergonomics design firms.
Explaining the situation in Japan, the relationship about Ergonomics and
Usability is very close.
1) The most of user-interface/interaction researchers who work in analysis
of user-interface have the ergonomics background.
2) The international standard committee relating to usability belong to the
ergonomics society, and they try to rule in this field.
3) The ergonomics includes cognitive aspect in 90s, and pretend they have
been studying this for long time.
I think the filed of ergonomics and user-interface/interaction
study/practice is close: relation between artifacts and human,
but the aspect or perspective is very different. Every time I discuss with
ergonomics people, they like to treat the usability problems in
probability, and they like to conclude what is the human nature, e.t.c.
Those make me feel they are different.
Since I do not live in US and other countries, I will be very appreciated
if you provide your thoughts.