The Ergonomics Design Award 2014 contest is now open for entries until Dec. 31, 2013. The Award is organized by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors with the support of CCD Design and Ergonomics.
Last year, the winner was a team from the Loughborough Design School at Loughborough University, which used ergonomics to develop the UK's first nation-wide unified livery for police vehicles and motorcycles. Previous winners have included 3M Speedglas 9000 Series and 9100 Series Welding Shields, Bombardier Transportation for 'S' rolling stock for the London tube network, and the V.A.C. (Vacuum Assisted Closure) Via Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System from Kinetic Concepts.
"The Institute's award aims to encourage the use of ergonomics in all areas of design by recognizing and rewarding designs which demonstrate excellent ergonomics," said John Wood, CCD chairman and lead judge. "Ergonomic thinking is making a substantial difference to the modern world with products and services which are better matched to peoples' needs. Putting people at the heart of design will make it a better, safer and even more enjoyable world for us all. Companies that understand and apply this are finding greater commercial success and higher profits. "
The winning entry will be able to display the Institute's Award logo on their marketing material for the winning project, receive a cash prize at the EDA ceremony at the Institute annual conference in Southampton next April, as well as membership of the Institute for a year, and benefit from the Institute's promotional campaign to support the award.
For more information, visit the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.
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