An Ode to Commode Design

A quick example regarding the importance of affordances and the gulf of execution in design. Examples can be found in all sorts of places.

Human error and the Hitomi X-Ray Satellite

Within human factors engineering, one of the topics I'm most interested in is how human error can contribute to system failure. With news of JAXA's loss of their just-launched x-ray satellite, did human error contribute to this complex system failure as well?

What is Human Factors engineering?

As you can read on my "About" page, I'm a graduate student studying Human Factors (HF) engineering. What does that mean? Or, more importantly, what does and does not fall under the purview of my interests?