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usability

HOW usable is your proDUcT? Your fit tech product might be a game changer, solving

problems or creating new possibilities for clients, but none of

this will matter if it’s not easy and enjoyable to use. Industrial designer Nick Chubb explains why usability is key, and the factors to consider when designing your new product

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sability is all about the quality

of wireless earphones or the grip design of

of interaction between people

different handle attachments on a cable machine.

and products. It’s a key part of what makes a product

Ever felt like some products and pieces of equipment feel safer to use, more comfortable,

successful and an aspect of product design

more premium, effective or simply more intuitive?

that deserves detailed consideration.

A lot of this comes down to effective usability, and

Think of the interface on a fitness tracker,

the way we approach it during the design phase

the strap design of an HR monitor, the seat

can help deliver better products that enhance

adjustability on a cycling machine, the assurance

user experience (UX) as much as possible.

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Something as simple as seat adjustability on an indoor bike can affect a user’s experience

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