Form, Function and the Human Interface


Designing and manufacturing furniture requires the application of Aesthetic and Ergonomic principles. This course applies these principles to the design of furniture for a specified context.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Design a piece of furniture to conform to the aesthetics principles of a defined theme;

2. Design a piece of furniture to conform to ergonomic principles;

3. Project planned the development of the project and its design rationale;

4. Reflect on the process of design relating to the developed design brief;

5. Develop graphic forms which depict and document the furniture design, the design process, including 3D modelling. and evaluation


The Course will cover the following topics:

  • Ergonomic principles and Ergonomic issues associated with furniture design and production
  • Furniture Design Principles
  • Design Project Mnagement
  • Utilise modelling to exhibit design characteristics of prototype


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Industrial Design program.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic Workshop practices and risk management.

Assessment Items

Project: Project Proposal

Project: Proof of Concept

Presentation: Prototype Presentation

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term