Humanscale Manual


The definitive tools to design for humans.
Own a legendary piece of design history.

Out of print for decades, this important
piece of design history is finally back.


The ultimate design artifact.
For your coffee table, your wall, or your next project.

Originally published by iconic design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates between 1974 and 1981, Humanscale is a masterfully crafted quick-reference guide for designing objects, interactions, and environments for humans. The detailed and considered presentation of each data point and the tools' simply beautiful design make them true conversation pieces.

And now, for the first time in decades, Humanscale's impeccably organized 60,000 bits of information are available to designers around the world.


Designing for people, made easy.

From human body dimensions to text legibility guidelines, Humanscale is still relevant today as a quick-reference guide for designers across industries and disciplines. 

After finding so much value in these manuals for our own work and speaking with other designers who use Humanscale to create iconic products, we knew we had to find a way to enable more people to have access to these tools, and the Reissue was born.



Three books.
Nine data selectors.

One monumental collection of design history.

The Humanscale manuals are published as three separate sets ––Humanscale 1/2/3, Humanscale 4/5/6, and Humanscale 7/8/9. Each set contains one booklet and three gorgeous, double-sided selectors equipped with rotary dials that allow easy reference to a wide array of human factors and ergonometric data. 

Humanscale Manual Contents

  1. Body Measurements + Link Measurements

  2. Seating Guide + Seat/Table Guide

  3. Wheelchair Users + Handicapped and Elderly

  4. Human Strength + Safety

  5. Hand and Foot Controls + Displays

  6. Head and Vision + Hands and Feet

  7. Standing at Work + Seated at Work

  8. Space Planning + Public Space

  9. Body Access + Light and Color

When ordering the Complete Collection, all 12 pieces are packaged in a commemorative linen-wrapped slipcase.


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