Humanscale Announces Design Smart Seminars

Industry Experts Provide Valuable Information, Discuss Design Trends


Karen Brooking


New York, January 28, 2008 — Humanscale introduces Design Smart Seminars, a series of educational events developed to provide Humanscale customers and members of the A&D community with relevant and enlightening information. Seminars currently scheduled include topics on building green, design and human behavior research, and office ergonomics.
Humanscale Director of A&D North America, Jon Strassner, organized the education series in part, he says, because one of Humanscale’s primary value propositions is to educate designers and spread awareness in the industry about issues and conditions that affect everyone. “These seminars focus on unique, interesting topics and are presented by people who feel personally connected to and passionate about these issues,” Strassner says.
Max Zahniser, a LEED Accredited Professional and founder of Praxis, a technical sustainability consulting company, will discuss the importance of building green in his series, Building Green for a Sustainable Future. On February 12 in Philadelphia and April 17 in New York City, Zahniser will explain how building green positively impacts the environment, economy, and occupant health and safety. He will also review the purpose of the U.S. Green Building Council and the LEED rating systems and credit categories.
Dr. Caren Martin will discuss how integrating research into the design process can help improve resulting designs in her seminar, Interior Environmental Quality: Studies that Support Design Solutions, scheduled for February 21 in Chicago. An assistant professor of interior design at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Martin is an award-winning designer and co-creator and director of InformeDesign®, a searchable database of design and human behavior research. Dr. Martin will demonstrate how to use this tool and explain how it can positively impact design decisions.
Professor Alan Hedge will present the latest research on the ergonomic requirements for healthy computing in his series, Office Ergonomics: Current Trends, scheduled for February 13 in Iselin, NJ, March 10 in Washington, D.C., and March 17 in Dallas. Director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at Cornell University, Dr. Hedge will discuss the ergonomic requirements for the modern office, musculoskeletal disorders, neutral posture, and the economic benefits of ergonomic interventions, among other topics.
“When you look at the bottom line, everyone is really talking about the human element and how to be comfortable and productive, healthy and effective in a workplace environment,” Strassner says. “The human element is the most important element and one that’s often left untended.”
Humanscale will introduce additional dates and locations for Design Smart Seminars throughout the year. More speakers and events, including daylong workshops, will also be announced at a later date.
Further information about Design Smart Seminars and speaker biographies are available online at For more information on Humanscale or to see the company’s full range of ergonomic solutions, please visit or call 800-400-0625.


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