Beautiful Users - the exhibition catalogue from Cooper Hewitt available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Beautiful Users

Regular price £13.95

'A fascinating survey of objects and interfaces as they have evolved to better serve us humans' - Communication Arts Magazine

Beautiful users

In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss, widely considered the father of industrial design, pioneered a user-centered approach to design that focuses on studying people's behaviours and attitudes as a key first step in developing successful products. In the intervening years, user-centered design has expanded to undertake the needs of differently abled users and global populations as well as the design of complex systems and services.

This exhibition catalogue accompanying a recent show at the Cooper Hewitt explores the changing relationship between designers and users and considers a range of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source, and the maker culture.

Designs featured within the book range from classics such as Henry Dreyfuss's telephone to cutting-edge inventions such as Yves Behar's pill dispenser, the Nest thermostat, Robohand (3D-printed prosthetics) as well as off-road wheelchairs.

  • Author: Ellen Lupton
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Date published: November 2014 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1616892913
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.8 cm