Dreyfuss, Henry

Dreyfuss, Henry

(1903–72) industrial designer, author; born in New York City. After designing for the stage, he opened his own industrial design firm (1929). Pioneering in anthropometrics and ergonomics, he made safety and utility rather than mere style central to his creations such as the model 300 Bell telephone (1930), the Twentieth Century Limited locomotive, Hoover appliances, RCA televisions and air conditioners, and Lockhead aircraft interiors. He wrote Designing for People (1955) and The Measure of Man (1960).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.