A Life's Design
The Life and Work of Industrial Designer
"A creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
Charles “Chuck” Harrison was a designer, educator and speaker. He specialized in industrial design and worked across multiple consumer products areas. For most of his career he worked for Sears Roebuck & Company, beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the head of the company’s design department. A prolific designer, Harrison’s work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to tractors and everything in between.
Awards and Accolades
About the Book
A Life’s Design chronicles the life, career and the emergent philosophy of Charles “Chuck” Harrison, one the most prolific and respected industrial designers of his time, an influencer on style and design today, and a pioneer as the first African American executive ever hired by Sears Roebuck & Company.
A Life's Design Blog
Black DIY Tradition
Chuck Harrison designed 8-12 sewing machines every year for 12 years.
Black American Thoreau
“Butterfly” by Charles Harrison (1953)
Black TV – By Design
Console TVs, 1962
Vintage Sears Hair Dryers – A Life’s Design
A Life’s Design: The Untold Story of the Black Man who Designed the Objects of the American Dream
Many may be surprised to learn that during decades when America wrestled with its identity in the streets, an African American sat with a pencil
Sunday Sittings Tradition
Sketches for Tabletop cooking products for Sears (1970)
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