Niels Diffrient Passes Away

<p>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.</p>

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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.

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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!):

 http://monocle.com/magazine/issues/62/keeping-it-simple/

http://www.interiordesign.net/article/482703-The_Human_Factor.php

 

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