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 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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 BIndustrial Design program or the BTeaching (Technology) (Honours) or BTeaching (Secondary)/BTechnology.

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