For those living during the Baby Boom, his every-day designs helped define what it meant to have a better life, a better home, and a better garden than your parents. Even today, it's hard to find an American household not influenced in some way by Charles Harrison. The prolific industrial designer gave birth to scores of the recognizable products of 20th Century American life.
Few, however, know his inside story: a dyslexic, under-achieving black boy from rural Louisiana who developed into the designer of 700+ products. His designs include a long list of everyday icons ranging from the View-Master, to the portable hair dryer, the riding lawn-mower, and the world's first plastic refuse container.
A Life's Design: The Life and Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison chronicles Harrison's staggering productivity and immeasurable influence.