A Life's Design: The Life and Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison feeds Glen's enthusiasm for both form and function with its tribute to one of the best in the business:
As someone who has an interest in usability and design, I was impressed with how many of Charles Harrison's designs affected my life.
I grew up in a small town where the Sears catalog was a staple, and as I read through this book i was surprised at how many of his designs I had used growing up. The plastic garbage cans, the sewing machines, the radios, television sets and even my Viewmaster™ all had his touch out upon them.
This is a small sampling of the several thousand products he had designed in his time.
The book itself shows us some of the many products he has created over the years, the pictures are large , rich and printed on glossy stock so that you can see the details put into the put into all of his designs.
Not only were the designs esthetically pleasing - but the thought of features (like hand holds, self sealing lids and durability on his garbage cans) lets you know that he was taking the use of the product into consideration as well.
Charles Harrison was one of the first black designers in corporate America. And his contributions to industrial design in the past and towards the future have been substantial.
* 5 stars *