The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design, Revised Edition / Edition 1

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Praise for the first edition:

Gold Medal Winner for Design Explorations
-Business Week's Annual Design Awards

"The Measure of Man and Woman is a critical reference that is a must for every design school and office. It is elegant in its simplicity and usability. Once again, the Henry Dreyfuss team makes a major contribution to the profession!"
-Herb Tyrnauer, FIDSA

"The Measure of Man and Woman is a major contribution to the understanding of anthropometric and ergonomic realities that influence the design process. It is a vital reference document that not only informs, but provokes an awareness of and a sensitivity to complex and composite issues. Not since Le Corbusier's more subjective and interpretive Le Modulor has there been a comprehensive reevaluation of man and woman's occupation of space and the subsequent implications, responsibilities, and possibilities."
-Charles Gwathmey, FAIA, architect

The Measure of Man and Woman provides a comprehensive resource of critical information for creating products and environments that will suit the physical dimensions of people across the globe and with varying abilities. The revised edition of this classic volume includes more than 200 color drawings, up-to-date information on designing for the digital workplace, measurements for ADA compliance, a demo disk for ErgoForms-an ergonomic CAD program on CD-ROM-and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

An updated and expanded version of The Measure of Man, published by the Whitney Library of Design in 1959, this comprehensive reference for design professionals is based on data accumulated over more than 40 years by Henry Dreyfuss Associates, which used the collection to make product designs more successful. The volume, which has as its basis some 180 new anthropometric drawings, provides data embracing 98% of the adult population, and new information is provided regarding products and environments for infants, toddlers, youths, the elderly, and the differently abled. Work stations, displays, and controls used in electronic equipment and computers are also included. 12.5x9.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471099550
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 335,552
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY DREYFUSS ASSOCIATES, a leading New York design firm, has been a major developer of anthropometric data for more than seventy years, gathering and publishing all the essential measurements of the human body and its relationship to the designed environment.
ALVIN R. TILLEY (1914-93), the firm's specialist in human engineering for forty years, was recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on human factors. The compiler of the data presented in this volume, Tilley was coauthor of Humanscale and a major contributor to this book's predecessor, The Measure of Man.

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Table of Contents



Human Factors: A Brief History.

1. Anthropometry.

2. The Elderly.

3. Seating.

4. Residential Space Considerations.

5. Maintenance Access.

6. Safety at Work and at Home.

7. Vehicular Accommodation.

8. Displays.

9. Manual Controls.

10. The Environment.

Appendix A: Conversion Scales.

Appendix B: Abbreviations.

Appendix C: Anthropometric Terms.



Illustations: Anatomical Planes and Orientations.

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