Human Factors in design is one of a number of overseeing
titles for the study of the interaction between human beings
and designed artifacts and environments.
It is concerned with designing environments for maximum
health benefit and comfort of the users, whether a tractor
driver’s cabin, an office building, or a children’s
playground. It can be concerned with visual environments
of urban and landscape design as well as an environment’s
Human Factors in design involves ergonomics, but also includes
architectural psychology, environmental psychology, environment
- behaviour studies, person-environment studies (formerly
man-environment studies, meaning human-environment studies).
Evaluation, or what is termed post-occupancy evaluation
(POE) or building appraisal, is important for the discovery
of problems in constructed environmental design (in blocks
of flats, office buildings, theatres, supermarkets, sporting
stadia, zoological parts, etc.) as a means of providing recommendations
and guidelines for new designs of the same or similar design-types
(i.e. public and private buildings, kitchen equipment, urban
designs, housing estates, computer desks, etc.), and revising
existing built designs.