(SOLD): DREYFUSS, Henry. The Measure of Man: Human Factors in Design.

(New York, NY): Whitney Library of Design, 1960. First edition. Quarto. Unpaginated. The scarce first edition of this authoritative work on ergonomics by renowned mid-century industrial designer, Dreyfuss. The volume was instrumental in establishing the study of anthropometrics – the dimensions of scale including arm and leg reach – as an essential tool for designers. The impact of the volume was profound, its ideas influencing the design of everything from, workspaces, homes and public buildings to furniture, appliances and transport. Dreyfuss measured hundreds of men, woman and children to calculate averages, and dimensional ranges intended to underpin design decision making for mass production. This gave rise to the one-size-fits-all approach allowing for the production of affordable goods that fuelled the growth of consumerism. A very good copy in illustrated boards with inside pockets containing 16pp booklet, 16 anthropometric sheets. and two life size figure charts, Joe and Josephine.  Joe and Josephine, creased where folded as issued, some staining to verso, closed tear to edge of Joe, but still nice examples.


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