Considering human variability when implementing product platforms

Christopher J. Garneau, Gopal Nadadur, Matthew B. Parkinson

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Design for Human Variability (DfHV) is the practice of designing artifacts, tasks, and environments that are robust to the variability in their users. Designs often incorporate adjustability and/or offer several sizes to account for the different requirements of the target user population. There are several situations where DfHV can provide platforming opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked. This chapter provides a brief introduction to DfHV, outlines some basic techniques, and provides a description of scenarios where platforming and modularity might be a good approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Product Family and Product Platform Design
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Applications
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781461479376
ISBN (Print)9781461479369
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering

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