Introduction to human-centred design for naval architects and designers
Report, 2015

The purpose of this chapter is to provide naval architects and designers with fundamental guidelines for the practice of Human-centred Design (HCD). The guidelines presented here originate from well-established principles in scientific literature and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in their most recent standard for HCD in interactive systems – ISO 9241-210:2010. HCD is characterised as a design framework comprised in the scope of usability engineering, which is, in turn, comprehended in the discipline of human factors/ergonomics. This chapter details the basic principles of human factors/ergonomics and usability. It then discusses how they may be achieved in the design process using principles, methods and tools associated with HCD.

human-centred design

naval architecture

human factors

ship design


Nicole Almeida Costa

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Nautical Studies

Linda de Vries

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Nautical Studies

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories


Vehicle Engineering

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