Delivered:” is a series in which we look at crowdfunded ideas that have successfully shipped to their supporters. We dive into the final product, after its long journey from concept to fulfillment.
The Humanscale Manual is bringing back a piece of history to improve the design industry. I have loved using this tool in my prototype creation. It has saved me time and taken a lot of the guesswork out of inventing. For years the Human Scale Manual was a definitive tool that was used to design products for humans. It is a set of manuals that holds information about the human body to be used while designing products. The Humanscale Manuals were originally used by Henry Dreyfus to create the iconic Bell telephones, Hoover vacuums, John Deere Tractor, the first thermos, and more. It is a rich part of design history, which design and innovation consultancy IA Collaborative re-released through a Kickstarter campaign. It has allowed me to design custom items faster by providing me with the information needed about the human body.
I received three different manuals in the set that I purchased that were so full of information. The manuals came in a nice coverlet, inside that coverlet were three plastic covers that held multiple durable plastic sheets that held the information. Each of the two-sided sets in the manuals contain a circular disc that you can rotate to dial in user data across attributes like age, height, strength, and ability level. You can determine factors for both children and adults. With these three beautiful booklets and nine two-sided, interactive data selectors I can reference data that serves as a starting point to design products for people. Each set also includes a book manual to go along with the plastic information sheets. I was completely fascinated by the host of information that each of these manuals provides.
The manuals cover things like how the eye sees light and color, standing at work, space planning, body access, passage width, body data about wheelchair users reach, link measurements, seat/table guide, and so much more. Some of the information I had not even considered before while inventing products.
The Humanscale Manuals have provided me with knowledge regarding any scenario that a person may encounter while using objects. Some of the information that I was pleasantly surprised by was the angle that which a work surface would create a glare for the user, how large letters on a sign would need to be from a specific distance, which frequency if people were exposed to it would cause nausea. Having this information has helped me to be able to create better prototypes the first time.
The Humanscale Manuals are both amazing works of design and useful tools. Everyone can benefit from their beauty and utility. I imagine that they could be helpful to engineers, designers, criminal investigators, inventors, or anyone that is simply in need of knowledge, or fascinated by the human body. You can view the Humanscale Manuals at HumanScaleManual.com .