Ergonomics for creators

Ergonomics for creators


Marketing Rockstars, Social Media Trailblazers and Initiative Officers may also need a helping hand

For some, creative work means spending numerous hours in front of the computer. To ensure that you keep your creative superstars as comfortable as possible, it may be good to provide them with a "friend in distress".

A Unimouse can be that friend, which reduces the strain on the body and makes the difference.

Being placed in front of the computer for hours puts a heavy toll on the body and can cause pain or discomfort in various places – e.g. in the shoulder, wrist, or neck.

Something many of you might recognize. These issues are not limited to specific job functions or professional groups. Still, they can affect anyone. The common trait is that it mainly affects those who spend countless hours a day in front of the computer.

This is how the Unimouse helped photographer Adrian Storey to relieve his wrist pain.

To perform creative and detailed work, you need the right tools. Similarly, you should keep your body healthy and pain-free. With a Unimouse, you get a precision tool that makes it easy to do great work while allowing you to change your posture, thereby reducing strains and pain.

“Trackballs and joysticks didn't help, so I decided to try Unimouse for a 14-day free trial. It's not the cheapest mouse on the market, but I'm glad I gave it a try."

Pain and discomfort stemming from mouse work are inconvenient for most people. Still, it can be disastrous for freelancers, as the pain can become too great and make it difficult to work. Therefore, it is vital to take preventive measures and recognize even small indications as warnings. While the diagnoses may differ, they are all uncomfortable and should be taken seriously.

Typically, we advise you to contact your employer or occupational health and safety consultant, but you may not have access to one if you're a freelancer. In that case, it may be a good idea to contact your GP to identify the problem.

Get good advice on work ergonomics here.

Matt Faulkner, a dubbing mixer and sound editor began experiencing problems with the tendons in his hand, which made it difficult for him to work. Using a regular computer mouse eventually became painful for him, so he tried several ergonomic alternatives, which unfortunately did not fit his needs.

Matt's experiences are standard in an industry loaded with freelancers. Suppose you don't have access to an occupational health and safety consultant, as you would have in a large company. In that case, it might be tempting to go shopping for solutions that can alleviate painful disorders such as tendonitis. However, that can sometimes be an expensive journey.

“Trackballs and joysticks didn't help, so I decided to try Unimouse for a 14-day free trial,” says Matt. “It's not the cheapest mouse on the market, but I'm glad I gave it a try. The smart design means that it feels like a natural extension of my hand. At the end of the trial I bought it, because it alleviated the pain I was experiencing."

Contour Design's 14-day free trial allows customers to try out and decide whether an ergonomic mouse is a good match for them. A vertical mouse, like the Unimouse, places the hand in a more natural handshake position, but for many, that's a new way of working and takes a little time to adapt to.

"It took me a few days to get used to it, simply due to muscle memory from using a regular mouse. Very soon I was back up to speed and I tend to use it mostly in the fully upright position, which is perfect for easing my condition. The free trial gave me the time I needed to see how I got on before I bought it."

Read more about Unimouse here.

Whether you're a Social Media Trailblazer, Marketing Rockstar, Initiative Officer, kick-ass copywriter or something completely different, you may need to think about how you work. At Contour, we believe that the right tools can make the difference when it comes to what you put your body through.

That's why we have spent the last 25 years developing products that combine the need for precision and variety so that you can spend your energy on being creative rather than having pains or discomfort. 

After all, that is where the magic happens.