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1959

  • Work on this object began.

1969

  • Work on this object ended.

2014

2021

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Posters, The Measure of Man (Male and Female)

This is a Posters. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates and published by Whitney Library of Design. It is dated 1969 (first published 1959). Its medium is offset lithograph.

Design for human factors, also known as ergonomics, requires knowledge of bodily dimensions. Tilley created these famous drawings of typical Americans, affectionately known as “Joe” and “Josephine,” based on data used by the United States military (for men) and the fashion industry (for women), from which Tilley was able to determine a range of percentiles from 1 to 100. Joe and Josephine represent the mean (50th percentile).

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Anonymous lender.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 193 x 63.5 cm (6 ft. 4 in. x 25 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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