September 11, 2009, Newsletter Issue #50: Basic Ergonomics

Tip of the Week

Ergonomics are an important factor to consider when it comes to setting up your workstation. Web design studios and those for graphic design both rely heavily on computers for their work. Although sitting in a plush chair may be comfortable for a while, it will eventually result in an aching back and stiff neck. There are many ways to customize your work area to be sure you are not injuring yourself while on the job.

Here are some things to consider:

Your mouse. Finding the right mouse for graphic design work is key to remaining injury-free. Many designers also like using a tablet for their work. Your chair. Make sure it's adjustable and that you know what the proper height is for your body. You should be able to place your feet flat on the floor and the chair should have back support. Your desk or table. Regardless of whether you have a laptop or a full computer, you'll want to make sure that it is positioned well for you on your desk. Lighting. Screen brightness, room lighting and sunlight are all things you need to think through in your work environment.Taking frequent breaks can be very helpful. Be sure to rest your eyes, stretch and walk around periodically. Preventing injury from repetitive motion should be something that is taken into account by anyone who uses a computer to perform their work on a daily basis.

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