A Life's Design: The Life And Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison
This is an amazing volume. It's hard to beleive that a single industrial designer could apply an aesthetic hand to something as mundane as two styles of trash cans found in both suburban and urban yards to the five in one appliance precursor to the ubiquitous Cuisinart to the standby road trip diversion of the Viewmaster is mind blowing. And to think, when Mr. Harrison began his work at Sears in the early 1960's there was an unwritten policy that the company did not hire persons of African descent.
It is the story of both an artist and and industrial designer. He designed things that were of practical use and things to use that helped. He even designed things that entertained and whether we would flip a switch, turn a knob or push a button.
It's a shame that the retailers like Sears no longer have in house departments that assured that goods for sale were well liked and looked good. Mr. Harrison was at the vanguard of African Americans in corporate retailing like fellow Sears executive Bob Johnson who helped Sears stay on top of its game.
Buy it for yourself and buy it for the children, so you can show them slices of the 1960s and 1970s.
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