Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Interior Design of Boeing Dreamliner Steeped in User Research

The role of UX in designing the Boeing 787 ...

"Boeing unveiled a new addition to its fleet of commercial aircraft on Sunday, called the 787 Dreamliner. The plane promises high fuel-efficiency, longer travelling distances, more cabin space, bigger windows, softer lighting that adjusts with the time of day, and increased in-flight humidity for greater passenger comfort. Where did all of these innovative features come from? They came from intensive user research that dove directly into the passenger experience.

John Barratt, CEO of Teague, the firm that designed the interior for Dreamliner, sat down with Marco van Hout of Design & Emotion this past January to discuss the philosophy behind Teague’s design and research approaches, and discusses the inspiration for the new interior design of the plane.

The new interior design for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner was done by Teague. First of all, let me congratulate you and the Teague team on that, it looks like something completely out of the ordinary airplane interiors. Real amazing stuff. In a quote I found as an introduction to your speech at the DMI conference you stated the following:

“Passenger well-being, on both an emotional and physical level, relies heavily on collaborative and research-orientated design practices. In designing the highly-anticipated 787 Dreamliner, Teague and Boeing employed a variety of design research techniques to determine the needs and desires of commercial travellers the world over. Defining and responding to the collective needs and desires of air travellers fueled the design process, permitting new, unconventional ideas to flourish and succeed in an industry renowned for strict standards. The results surpassed expectations"    (Continued via UIE Brain Sparks)    [Usability Resources]

Boeing 787 - Usability, User Interface Design

Boeing 787

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