Combining human factors and design to deliver successful rail interiors
Published on: 21st April 2022
From DCA’s perspective, we integrate design and HF activities into the development cycle so that they are working proactively together, rather than HF requirements acting as constraints on design creativity. As a result, when concepts are generated, a balanced combination of visual, practical and HF elements is achieved in order that they can all work together for mutual benefit. We see this as an iterative process that informs each stage of the project, ticking off HF compliance issues as early as we can in a carefully managed and documented process to provide an inclusive perspective throughout. This ensures that the final product represents a truly holistic design that meets the needs of its users and retains the early aspirational ideas and excitement that originated the project.
Paul Rutter, DCA’s Transport Sector Manager, recently wrote an article for Rail Professional (see pages 89-90) exploring the importance and benefit of integrating design and Human Factors to solve problems and bring projects to a successful outcome.