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Sitting Pretty: A Noise 13 Guide to Designer Ergonomics

Sit up straight, don’t slouch, don’t hunch, keep your monitor at eye level, feet flat on the floor…

We’ve all heard these words of wisdom before, but as designers we know that these tips go out the window from time to time. You might be focused, in the zone and totally unaware of the weird ways you’re sitting (see 1.1 and 1.2), it’s only Wednesday and you’re surviving on a couple hours of sleep (see 2.2), or you’re feeing extra adventurous and just want to try something new (see 3.1). See chart for more details.

Disclaimer: Always consult your physician, boss or coworkers before attempting the following postures while at work. These diagrams are not endorsed by ANY doctors (including Dr. Phil, Dr. Who, or any of those doctors from The Doctors). Consult a fellow designer to develop an appropriate posture plan. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these postures, stop and consult the designer who gave you bad advice.

*These positions may or may not be based on real-life situations.

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