March 2, 1904 – October 5, 1972
Henry Dreyfuss was an industrial design pioneer. Dreyfuss is known for designing some of the most iconic devices found in American homes and offices throughout the twentieth century, including the Western Electric Model 500 telephone, the Westclox Big Ben alarm clock, and the Honeywell round thermostat.
“if the point of contact between the product and people becomes a point of friction, then the designer has failed. if, on the other hand, people are made safer, more comfortable, more desirous of purchase, more efficient – or just plain happier -by contact with the product, then the designer has succeeded.”Henry Dreyfuss