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100 MORE Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan Weinschenk

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How People’s Bodies Affect Design

If you design physical objects for people to use, then you probably think about how bodies influence design. But many designers primarily design for screens and displays. If that’s you, then you may not think a lot about how bodies affect design beyond eyes (to see the displays) and fingers (typing and clicking).

You might be surprised to find out how significantly the human body affects design, for example:

• People don’t actually think with just their brains. The latest research shows that moving the body changes thoughts and feelings.

• Design is moving beyond keyboards, mice, track pads, and a few gestures. With more complicated gestures and with augmented and virtual reality expanding, the human body is ...

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