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Designing for People

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From the first answering machine ("the electronic brain") and the Hoover vacuum cleaner to the SS Independence and the Bell telephone, the creations of Henry S. Dreyfuss have shaped the cultural landscape of the 20th century. Written in a robust, fresh style, this book offers an inviting mix of professional advice, case studies, and design history along with historical bla ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Allworth Press (first published August 31st 1967)
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Daniel Kuo
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Much better than designing for mollusks.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creativity
I know nothing about formally trained industrial design, yet I know many products could use the advice outlined in Dreyfuss' approach to his craft.

While socially dated, this was a fascinating look into the mind of a brilliant industrial designer. I read the 1967 edition which contains an additional chapter updating Dreyfuss' predictions from the 1955 original. While we may not have ended up with rocket powered mail delivery systems, he made a bunch of fairly accurate predictions about travel, co
Bob Ferrante
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seminal. Examples are dated but practice is eternal

A collection of anecdotes; a sampler of work; a carefully turned thought here and there. This is a thoughtful, enjoyable, sometimes funny collection from one of the founders of industrial design.

True, the book was last touched in 1967, and the photos and examples are dated, as is the mid-century prognostication of the future (our current present.). See past these to the heart of the matter - design is about the measurements, proportions, and li
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a UX Designer, I found Dreyfuss's career path and design philosophy to be inspiring and extremely relevant to my own practice. It's fascinating to see the birth of the industrial designer career in that time, and his knowledge and discipline is something to aspire to, even today.

His visions of the future are somewhat accurate and amusing. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who has a career in design (industrial, product, digital, UX, etc.)
Nathanael Coyne
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading this book. The author had an amazing history of experience in industrial design and human factors - he and his company were so precise and deliberate in ensuring their designs were thoroughly tested, informed and functional as well as aesthetic. Written in 1955, it's not very PC with many references to "the housewife" and such but humorous, conversational and teaches the fundamentals of good design like no other book I've read that's been written since. Whilst it's about i ...more
Claudia Yahany
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Este libro tiene 60 años y se le notan. En el contexto que está escrito, los automóviles seguían siendo "novedad", la lucha espacial era un sueño y los principales productos de diseño eran los electrodomésticos. Aun así, debí haberlo leído hace 10 años.
Imposible no compararlo con el trabajo de Clara Porset y otros diseñadores y arquitectos mexicanos (al menos como referencia).
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
if "Designing Interactions" were written 50 years ago, it would be this book. Actually, apparently it was written 50 years ago, or this book wouldn't exist. Great read (and available from CMU library.)
Brad Needham
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the seminal book of Industrial Design, described by the founder of the discipline. While some chapters are of necessity dated (being originally written in 1953) his descriptions of the practice and value of Industrial Design are as true today as 1/2 century ago.
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Good design is timeless but ever evolving.
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you ever wondered about those cool-looking products from before you were born, this is a nice quick read, finally available on Kindle. On the light end considering its status as a classic.
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Henry, considered to be one if the founding fathers of ID, he gives a layman intro about human centered aspects of design
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Henry Dreyfuss (March 2, 1904 – October 5, 1972) was an American industrial designer.

Dreyfuss was a native in Brooklyn, New York. As one of the celebrity industrial designers of the 1930s and 1940s, Dreyfuss dramatically improved the look, feel, and usability of dozens of consumer products. As opposed to Raymond Loewy and other contemporaries, Dreyfuss was not a stylist: he applied common sense an
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