Saturday, June 24, 2006

Casino designer leaves nothing to chance

Ergonomic design is a major focus of casino design ...

"You walk into a casino and you see money: people losing money and people making money. But there's nothing random about the patterns in the carpets you walk on and the ceilings you gawk at. It's all designed to make money – for the casino.

“We look at every square foot,” said Paul steelman, president of Steelman Design Companies. “Especially the power space --the ground floor space. Every square foot has to make some money. And if not, then it has to energize the spaces that are in fact that are required to make money. “

Steelman 's company designs casinos and resorts all over the world -- from the MGM in Las Vegas to the Sands Macau in China, where he built a six-story, world record chandelier measuring 131 feet long and 82 feet tall surrounded by waterfalls. His job is to use the “wow-factor” – to get people into casinos and keep them there for a very long time.

... In areas where there is no gambling, there is still a reason for each piece of carpeting and furniture; from gaming tables to banquet tables.

“Furniture very important,” said Steelman. “The ergonomic qualities, the stools, position of buttons, the slots in the toe-base, and focused grouped. Years ago we designed a bingo table. We spent $100,000 making prototypes and when all 12 little ladies booked the tables in advance they said build me 1400 of those."   continued ...   (Via MSNBC)

Casinos Ergonomics- User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Casinos Ergonomics

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