Beautiful Users: Designing for People

June 25, 2016 - January 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

The exhibition is a traveling exhibition organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. For press inquiries, please contact Carrie Whitney, cwhitney@museumofdesign.org.

Photo Credit: Jo Zhou

We are grateful to the sponsors and supporters of this exhibition: