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Henry Dreyfuss - The Measure of Man: Human Factors in Design (Complete portfolio with life-size posters)

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Editor: Henry Dreyfuss
Publisher: Whitney Library of Design
Publication: 1967, Second Edition (Revised and expanded)
Binding: Folder with loose sheets, booklet and posters
Size: 270 x 355
Text: English

Very scarce double gate-fold portfolio complete with (1) 20 page glossary, (2) '30 Anthropometric Data Charts', and (3) 'Two Life Size Figure Charts'.

(Preface)'The Industrial Design firm of Henry Dreyfuss reflects the over-riding interest of the man whose name it bears-an interest in people. The firm applies a five-point yardstick to the products it designs. The first of these is convenience of use, including utility and safety, and the second is ease of maintenance. Both of these factors relate directly to people and the other three, cost, sales, and appearance relate indirectly. It was because of this interest in people that the Dreyfuss office began about 30 years ago, to develop the figures of Joe and Josephine which now provide all the essential measurements of the male and female figure of the genus homo sapiens.

To make sure that these designs will be safe, convenient and comfortable for the people who will use them, drawings are checked by Alvin R. Tilley, the Dreyfuss specialist in Human Engineering. His contribution to this portfolio has been a major one. The information made available in this portfolio has taken years to collect and coordinate but in its present handy presentation in only 32 diagrams it will serve many hours of research for the designer. The diagrams are supplemented by a check list and other explanations in the booklet which also includes a bibliography of both sources and further information.

These diagrams were developed in the course of designing the interiors of airplanes and liners, plumbing fixtures, machine tools, farm and industrial equipment, telephones, missile systems, and the interiors of combat vehicles and naval vessels. Clients for whom the Dreyfuss office has worked have included the U.S. Armed Forces, Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc., the Crane Company, Deere & Company, The Singer Company, American Airlines, American Machine & Foundry Company, Hoover Company, Hyster Company, Lockheed Aircraft, Honeywell, Polaroid Corporation, Litton Industries, Warner & Swasey Company, etc.

Henry Dreyfuss himself divides his work year between an office in New York and one in Pasadena, California. He has received merit awards and honorary degrees both in this country and abroad, was the first president of the newly formed Industrial Designers Society of America, which he helped found, has lectured widely on Industrial Design and holds the title of Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, and is the author of a book entitled appropriately, Designing for People.'

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Rubbing, creasing, soiling and tape remnants to exterior of folder. Both glossary and all data charts very good with only light tanning to outer edges. Life size posters both in A+ excellent condition.

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