Call for Entries and Judges
The Product Design Technical Group (PDTG) of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society is again sponsoring a competition for its User-Centered Product Design Award. The award will emphasize both product design and methods used to specify and achieve the design. Emphasis will be placed on innovative and user-centered approaches to Human Factors and Industrial Design.
- Consideration is limited to products, software or systems that are purchased for use in the home, in the workplace, or while mobile. They include consumer, commercial, and medical products, but exclude military equipment or systems.
- The product or system being nominated must be operational and capable of being marketed with no more than minimal changes.
- Products already on the market for more than three years will not be considered.
- At least one team member who contributed significantly to the project must be a member of HFES. Membership in the Product Design Technical Group is not required.
The nominations should be submitted in electronic form by a human factors professional. Detailed submission requirements, including the submission format, are shown on the PDTG website at http://pdtg.hfes.org. More information concerning PDTG and previous User-Centered Product Design Award winners appears at the PDTG website.
The deadline for submitting nominations is April 25th, 2008. Nominations should be submitted electronically to Dianne McMullin at Dianne.L.McMullin@boeing.com.
The winning product/system will be recognized at the 2008 HFES Annual Meeting in September, 2008 and the awardees will be asked to present a talk on the product and methodology. The awardees will also be expected to submit a paper to “Ergonomics in Design” within two months of the meeting.
An award selection committee consisting of a panel of judges drawn from the PDTG membership will evaluate the submissions. Judges may award multiple winners or a combination of winners and honorable mentions. Judging will be done by a predetermined systematic process and will take place in June.
For more information or to volunteer for the award selection committee, please contact Stan Caplan at email@example.com.