What Do Visual Ergonomists Do?

Visual ergonomists aim to create work, home and leisure environments that suit human visual capabilities. They do this by examining the relationship between an individual’s visual capabilities, the task and the environment.

An inbalance between the individual, the task and the environment can lead to discomfort, errors, accidents and injury.

Visual attractiveness also contributes to satisfaction with products, tasks and environments, so visual ergonomics is also linked with aesthetic aspects of buildings and visual displays. A visual ergonomist will incorporate aesthetics into the design of products, tasks and environments without compromising comfort and performance.

Visual ergonomists may be engaged during all stages of a product/work cycle. For example, a visual ergonomist may:

• Provide advice during the design phase of a visual display to ensure that the visual elements will be easy to see

• Participate during the installation of new technology to ensure it is set up correctly and the user is comfortable

• Solve visual ergonomics problems post-occupancy of a work environment

• Provide assistance and advice to individuals with specific visual needs to ensure their comfort and productivity.

• Provide assistance and advice to individuals with specific visual needs to ensure their comfort and productivity.

"Visual ergonomics at work and leisure" published in WORK (2014): 47: 419-420 is an easy-to-read article which also explains the practical implications of visual ergonomics.