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