You enter two coffee shops on two separate days to work. One left you feeling effortlessly comfortable, and the other, constrained to the point of leaving. Which one would you more likely to return to? Pretty obvious, right? The beauty of design is that when it’s done well, no one notices it. We only truly notice design when it is bad and creates havoc in our lives. I can’t count the number of times I questioned the design of a tool, chair, or table that wasn’t doing its job. It just made my life more difficult. But as seemingly simple and beautiful a design can appear, a lot of work goes into behind-the-scenes to create a functional and elegant design.
Every item you own, from a Bic black pen at work to your mug was considered by another human being. The size of your pen, mouse, and mug was meticulously measured to fit in your hand. This is way Humanscale, a tool used by generations of designers to design for people, is so important. In the past decades, it has been out of print. However now, for the first time, IA Collaborative, the original creators, and US printers of Humanscale are bringing it back through this Kickstarter:
In the golden age of American industrial design, Henry Dreyfuss Associates knew that there was more to design than just looking good. Products had to be good, crafted to work with the people who use them.
With this in mind, HDA designers Niels Diffrient and Alvin R. Tilley created Humanscale, including its ingenious data selectors, providing access to over 60,000 human factors data points in one easily referenced, user-friendly “portfolio of information.”
Now you can grab your copy of the complete package by supporting this Kickstarter. Design is not just about aesthetics, it is about functionality and usability.
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