A person’s physical size can be an important aspect of experience when considering how to design outcomes that involve physical interaction. A person’s physical size can prevent them from walking through doorways without ducking. The size of their fingers can make it frustrating to press buttons on screen-based displays. In some cultures and during different periods in history, “small” or “large” physical size has been both favorably and unfavorably viewed by society. A person’s physical can change over time due to a wide range of circumstances.
Researching Size: People
Knowing a person’s size can help researchers create objects that work in harmony with users’ physical makeup. A person’s physical size can impact their access to resources and how much ease they experience when completing basic tasks. A person whose shoe size is larger than a US 15 can have a very hard time finding shoes, they have access to fewer brands and styles, and shoes typically cost more than ”typical” sizes.
Questions to Ask About Size: People
- What are this person’s physical dimensions?
- How is a person’s size regarded in the context being studied?
- In what ways do the person’s physical size cause problems when they use products, services, and systems?
Look for These When Researching Size: People
- A person struggling to use something.
- A person who brags about their size.
- A person who actively works to alter their size.