Beautiful Users: Designing for People

Exhibition Website

Jun 25 2016 - Jan 8 2017

Beautiful Users: Designing for People, organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, features nearly 100 objects that illustrate the evolution of “user-centered design”—from the mid–20th-century work of Henry Dreyfuss (who coined the phrase “designing for people”) to the complex systems and services that today’s designers are developing.

Some exhibition objects include:

  • Examples of the Human-scale measurement system, which aids in design for children, the elderly, the differently abled, and people of diverse height
  • Objects designed for comfort and function, ranging from Dreyfuss’s Princess telephone to Amos Winter’s Leveraged Freedom wheelchair
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Roomba Cam, which repurposes the household gadget for surveillance purposes

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Henry Dreyfuss
  • Amos Winter
  • Diller Scofidio
  • Renfro
  • Alfred R. Tilley
  • Niels Diffrient

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