What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the art and science of making things easier:

  • Easier to use -- and more comfortable
  • Easier to understand -- and easier to remember
  • Easier to see -- easier to hear -- easier to reach -- easier to lift

In other words, ergonomics makes things "user friendly."

Things can be "unfriendly" and non-ergonomic when there is a mismatch between the things we're using and our abilities to use them.

For example, something designed for small people, like airplane seats, can cause problems for larger people. Other things, like small print, require good eyesight which can create eyestrain for those with poor vision.

Photo showing very short and very tall men

Some designers take a "one-size-fits-all" approach. But that rarely works. Size matters. So does strength. Since we are all different -- different sizes, ages, abilities -- ergonomics means designing for all those differences.

In other words, designing for everyone.

This website is dedicated to helping you use ergonomics to make your life easier, more comfortable, and less stressful.

Ergonomic data can be hard to find, especially for the everyday user who is not an ergonomic expert. Most ergonomic research is published in scientific journals and references books that are not easy to find. And even if you can find them, they're filled with scientific jargon which may sound like mumble-jumble to non-ergonomists.

That's where I can help -- my goal is to provide a "bridge" between the scientific research and the everyday user (you). I'll try to present the ergonomic findings and recommendations in terms that the non-expert can understand.

While some ergonomics ideas are just common sense, others may seem counterintuitive. So I'll also provide the logical explanation for those ergonomic suggestions.

I hope you find this website helpful. Let me know if there are other topics you're interested in.

Ergonomically yours,
The Ergo Expert

Ergo Tip

Straining your eyes to read your computer?

Use CTRL+ to increase the size of the text in Web pages

(Press the CTRL key and the + key at the same time. You do not need to press the Shift key to get the +)

Repeat as many times as needed to increase the text to comfortable size for reading.

Overdo it and now the text is too large?

Use CTRL - to reduce the size of the text on Web pages. (Press the CTRL key and the - (minus) key at the same time.)