- Hardcover: 125 pages
- Publisher: Ibis Design Inc; 1 edition (December 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977327108
- ISBN-13: 978-0977327102
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Life's Design: The Life And Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison Hardcover – December 30, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
And yet - someone did, and a great deal of the consumer product design of the mid-twentieth century was done by Charles Harrison. Indeed, Mr. Harrison spent decades designing for Sears, and reading his book is like taking a trip through the Sears catalogues of my youth - the 50s, 60s & 70s
Mr. Harrison was born in 1931 in Shreveport LA and grew up in Prairie View TX, the son of a professor at Southern University. When Charles was a young teenager, his father moved the family to Phoenix where he had secured a job teaching at an all-black high school. It was in Phoenix that Charles started to endure the racism that would confront him his entire working life.
After having lived in segregated housing & graduating from a segregated high school in Phoenix, he attended The City College of San Francisco. There he encountered two life-altering events: being one of about only 20 black students in an enrollment of approximately 1,000; and a Vocational Guidance course which suggested that his field of endeavor should be art.
Thus, after graduation from college, he sought to enter one of the only five schools in the U.S. that held accredited industrial design programs. He chose the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). How did a poor black kid from 1940s Southern USA afford such a prestigious school?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wished this individual and others like him histories were in MAINSTREAM publications in terms of achievements in the field. I do believe we as a society are slowly getting there.Published 17 months ago by randall
Great! a most inspiring view of a passionate intelligence of a modest person, a refreshing sharing of unique talent and skill with remarkable and exceedingly useful benifit.Published on December 14, 2012 by John P. Batiste