Sunday, March 8, 2009

Henry Dreyfuss Helped Establish Industrial Design

Part of the challenge of teaching design is that many of the design fields are relatively young. Most fields of design were first identified as "professions" in the 20th century. Henry Dreyfuss (right) was one of the founders of industrial design as a recognized profession in the early 1920s.

Dreyfuss designed the iconic early black phone (left) molded in black phenolic plastic that was originally introduced in 1937 and produced until 1950. He became the first President of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).

In 1955 Dreyfuss wrote Designing for People, an autobiography which features his "Joe" and "Josephine" simplified anthropometric charts. In 1960 he published The Measure of Man, an ergonomic reference book showing measurements of the human body for designing many common objects.

Click on the heading above to go to the Henry Dreyfuss Associates' website for the company, still in operation today, that he started in 1929.

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