The Guardian had gisteren een uitstekende longread over hoe ‘de gemiddelde man’ de default is waar ontwerpers meestal rekening mee houden. Soms irritant (te hoge schappen), soms dodelijk.
Men are more likely than women to be involved in a car crash, which means they dominate the numbers of those seriously injured in them. But when a woman is involved in a car crash, she is 47% more likely to be seriously injured, and 71% more likely to be moderately injured, even when researchers control for factors such as height, weight, seatbelt usage, and crash intensity. She is also 17% more likely to die. And it’s all to do with how the car is designed – and for whom.
Van telefoons tot toiletten, van gereedschap tot onderzoek naar werkgerelateerde kanker, en apps tot beschermende kleding: de man is de standaard.