Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Henry Dreyfuss was one of the leading industrial designers of the twentieth century. You may not know his name, but you’ve likely seen or used his best-known designs like the round ‘Big Ben’ alarm clock, the Hoover upright vacuum, the 'Princess' telephone and the Polaroid instant camera. These charts are from his 1960 book The Measure of Man, which explores his extensive research on creating designs that better accommodate human specifications. For every design, the starting place was the human experience and you can see how he applied common sense with science so that an object was both comfortable and user friendly.

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