Ok, I'm big. Fat. Round. I'm tall and fat. So when designing a layout I really need to figure out if I'm squeezing too much or not. While I can force myself to keep someone else's layout to spec, I frequently cheat on mind and narrow an aisle are two. Aisle widths are as critical to good design as the mainline.
First things first. I went out to the LDSIG group and posted a question asking what size people did they use when designing a layout. I was surprised to find out that most that responded used people that were larger than what I normally use! And I'm 250 lbs!
Ok, then we need to get real with the dimension people on my layout!
The person in the middle (we'll call him a dimensionoid) is now much larger. We will keep him at two feet wide and 16" deep. I'm actually not quite that big, but it will do. Some of my friends are quite a bit bigger.
Dimensionoids have height as well, so when we start looking at benchwork, we'll use a six foot, two inch dimensionoid.
With a large tummy out front...
1. Aisle widths are as critical to good design as the mainline.
2. Check your standards once in a while, especially people measurements (dimensionoids) and make sure they are true to what you and your friends REALLY measure out to.
3. Dimensionoids have three dimemsnions: width, depth and height.