Who remembers ‘The Human Factor’ exhibiton at the Science Museum, London, 1999?

I came across this picture, while having a look at what Flickr’s Creative Commons pool of photos has for “human factors”.

Display from 'The Human Factor', Science Museum, London, 1999.

It’s a photograph taken of an exhibition at the Science Museum, developed by Tim Hunkin, Sarah Angliss and Will Jackson.

“The ergonomics society approached the Science Museum to hold an exhibition to mark their 50th anniversary, and the museum approached me to produce some exhibit ideas and cartoons to help them raise funding. I quickly realised that the subject would make a good exhibition – there were lots of simple experiments that could be made into interactive exhibits, and lots of tabloid surprising facts.”
– from Tim’s website about the event

According to the information accompanying the picture, on the Science Museum’s Flickr stream, this “was a temporary exhibition supported by the Ergonomics Society to celebrate 50 years of ‘designing products, places and jobs for people’. It ran from 12 March to 19 September 1999 and was also supported by the Engineering & Physical Science Research Council and the Health & Safety Executive.”

Tim’s cartoon, at the bottom of this page, outlining the layout of the exhibition space is rather wonderful (watch out for exhibits demonstrating eye tracking, a jokey ‘buttock measuring’ device, that apparently many thought real, and ‘the computer interface from hell’), as are the photographs on this page which show the various exhibits in more detail.


You might like… this paper looking at human factors in healthcare

Abstract
Background Interest in human factors has increased across healthcare communities and institutions as the value of human centred design in healthcare becomes increasingly clear. However, as human factors is becoming more prominent, there is growing evidence of confusion about human factors science, both anecdotally and in scientific literature. Some of the misconceptions about human factors may inadvertently create missed opportunities for healthcare improvement.

Methods The objective of this article is to describe the scientific discipline of human factors and provide common ground for partnerships between healthcare and human factors communities.

Results The primary goal of human factors science is to promote efficiency, safety and effectiveness by improving the design of technologies, processes and work systems. As described in this article, human factors also provides insight on when training is likely (or unlikely) to be effective for improving patient safety. Finally, we outline human factors specialty areas that may be particularly relevant for improving healthcare delivery and provide examples to demonstrate their value.

Conclusions The human factors concepts presented in this article may foster interdisciplinary collaborations to yield new, sustainable solutions for healthcare quality and patient safety.

Link to full (open access) article.

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