When he published The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design in 1960 to provide “up-to-date measurements and information for children, teenagers, adult men and women, and the elderly through its detailed text, convenient tabular material, and 200 anthropometric drawings,” industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss likely had no idea how much of an influence he would still have on the world of design nearly 60 years later.

Yet, here we are in 2017 and human-centered design is more important than ever. But, accessing this treasure trove of data isn’t always an easy endeavor.

Aiming to make accessing this information an easier process for today’s designers, HDA designers Niels Diffrient and Alvin R. Tilley have created a reissue of Humanscale, a portfolio of over 60,000 points of human factors data. The result is the ultimate desktop companion for any designer or engineer that cares just as much about making their designs functional as they do looking good. In total, the complete set of reissues contains three booklets and nine two-sided scroll wheel selectors.

“With these three beautiful booklets and nine two-sided, interactive data selectors, designers, engineers, architects, and inventors can reference data that serves as a starting point to design products for people,” explain Diffrient and Tilly. “Never before or since has there been such a complete and usable compendium of human factors data. Each page is a master class in information design.”

Unsurprisingly, designers, engineers, architects, and inventors have already been reacting well to the reissue; the creators have already raised over $250K with over a week to go in their Kickstarter campaign.

Set to be shipped in December, consider getting a head start on holiday shopping this year while supporting a good cause.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.