Designer Niels Diffrient, the "Grand-daddy of Ergonomics," passed away yesterday. Not only did Diffrient design many of Humanscale's top selling chairs of today, but he also influenced industrial design over the last several decades - touching everything from the sewing machine to airline livery. We've recounted his rich history in the design world here.
If you have the opportunity, watch his TED talk (below). Though his product designs are simple, straight-forward and functional, hearing him speak gives real insight into how deeply passionate he was about his work, and how complex it was. (Not to mention that you get a taste of his delightful story-telling and sense of humor.)
Sources (some really good reading here!):