In the field of product design, developers embrace creativity and innovation; at StudioRed, designers come up with unique, practical, and life-changing designs all the time. As interesting as the designs can get, however, one thing that is always kept in mind is consumer safety. In any design of a product, the safety of users, store workers, and manufacturers must be a priority. For that reason, there are few things that must be kept in mind when accounting for safety in product design.
- Ensure that all necessary legal safety regulations have been met. This is a bare minimum standard since obviously all parties involved want to avoid lawsuits of any kind. Safety regulations are in place to protect everyone involved.
- Designs should make it clear how the product should be used safely. If the product can be harmful in some way, it should be very apparent to the user how to avoid injury. If the user will intuitively place his or her hand somewhere as a support, that shouldn’t be an area that can cause harm.
- Proper casings and shielding should be used where necessary. Some mechanical components can be dangerous if exposed to people or the elements. Proper shielding and casings can help prevent that contact from happening.
- Strong user interface designs make clear how to use the product appropriately so that injuries don’t occur through misuse. Clear instructions both in the manual and in the everyday operational procedures will make for a much safer experience.
- Account for actual human behavior. Don’t design a product that asks the user to behave in an awkward or unnatural manner in order to use the product effectively. Use a consumer’s intuition to your advantage.
- Test prototypes for safety regularly. Even minor adjustments to a design may have unforeseen consequences in terms of safety.