November 29, 2012
If you find yourself stretching your sore neck and back, rubbing your dry eyes, swallowing a lump of dry nothing, or gasping for clean air, you might be the victim of some unhealthy home-office habits. But it’s never too late to make a change. Check out these five quick reminders from Apartment Therapy Tech for a better you at your desk, then take a look at more tips from Herman Miller’s research on ergonomics for working in a safe, effective way during your work day. Read more
Balance, Design, Products
January 3, 2012
It’s that classic Goldliock’s moment anyone with a home workspace has suffered through. Trying to find just the right office chair. It has to be ergonomic. That is a given. For me it had to have good back support, a seat that doesn’t cut off circulation in your legs and arm rests to keep RSI at bay.
Balance, Design, Products
June 21, 2011
Ergonomics. It is such a dry term. But every single day, regardless of the work we do, we put our body through a whole series of tasks that bring us into contact with tools. Tools that may or may not help our body perform those tasks in a healthy way. I love the idea of sitting down and writing for hours on end – maybe because I’ve got two kids and nothing ever happens for hours on end anymore! Interruptions are embedded into my work day. But even for shorter stretches I’m finding a good chair is an absolute must. Once you’ve got that right, then the desk comes into play. How do I get that surface to work for me as beautifully as my chair?
It’s fascinating to follow our designers as they make that same journey – from chair to desk. The late Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber were working on the Embody chair when they stumbled on another problem – how we interact with our computers, those screens that we are glued to for so much of our day. Instead of thinking just about the chair the designers took in the whole work universe – chair, work surface and surrounds. They started to consider the desk and chair as a single system. The idea was to create a synergy between the chair and desk that would accomodate all of the ways we like to sit and work. And would do it ergonomically. Ah, that magic word again. Their radical solution was the Envelop desk. A clever design that moves with you as you shift position through out the day.
April 20, 2010
“With a late night project to finish and roommates taking up the whole couch (my usual “desk” space), I was lying on the floor to get my work done. It was all fine and dandy until this morning, when I woke up with sore shoulders. Under the jump, we’ll see some common laptop positions that can cause strain like mine, as well as one that doesn’t cause any strain at all. And we also want to know: What’s your favorite position?
So laptop owner, you bought a sleek notebook computer so you could take it around the house and leave it anywhere without it looking like tech took over the room. But since you’re living the desk-less life and don’t want any bulky ergonomic accessories for your laptop, you’re now stuck trying to find a comfortable position to actually use the thing.
Well it turns out that among a whole slew of uncomfortable, joint-stressing positions you and your computer could get into, there’s one that won’t have you sore the next morning. In a case study by Dave Malouf on Freescale Netbook Design, he discovered the most comfortable position that doesn’t but any unnecessary stress on the joints is “lying down in bed with the device on the thigh when the knees are kept up.”
So is that your favorite position? Or can you usually be found in one of the other, more uncomfortable positions? Or do you have another non-traditional position that keeps the pain away? Let us know in the comments!
(Image: Flickr user Alice Harold under license from Creative Commons.)”
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