Niels Diffrient Passes Away

Niels Diffrient Passes Away

Designer Niels Diffrient, the “Grand-daddy of Ergonomics,” passed away yesterday. Not only did Diffrient design many of Humanscale’s top selling chairs of today, but he also influenced industrial design over the last several decades – touching everything from the sewing machine to airline livery. We’ve recounted his rich history in the design world here.



If you have the opportunity, watch his TED talk (below). Though his product designs are simple, straight-forward and functional, hearing him speak gives real insight into how deeply passionate he was about his work, and how complex it was. (Not to mention that you get a taste of his delightful story-telling and sense of humor.)

Sources (some really good reading here!):



Catharine Coll

Greetings from Creative! I'm Catharine, one of the Graphic Designers here at SF. I spend my days designing away and working with our amazing Marketing team to make our website and brand the best it can possibly be - and then some. I also manage the SF Pinterest. Outside of my daily routine, I enjoy art, fashion, photography, learning to ballroom dance, Muz - my diva of a cat, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and generally have a passion for all things pretty and well designed. I enjoy being over the top festive for every holiday. I have way too many shoes and it takes me months to finish reading a single book. I have the potential energy to become a DIY enthusiast - but I'm not sure that myself, the world, or my roommates are ready for it yet.