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.
“The range of design projects that Harrison completed in his career was quite remarkable,” writes Professor Noel Mayo, Department of Design at Ohio State University. “This book will be very helpful to designers, historians, design educators and students around the world.”
Harrison’s inspirational life, his timeless approach to design and his passion for inspiring others with humor, insight and humility provide a story worth hearing.
“In this inspiring story of adversity and achievement, Harrison blends heart-warming personal detail with a straightforward description of his work as an industrial designer,” comments Victoria Matranga, Design Programs coordinator for the International Housewares Association.
1931 - 2018
Charles “Chuck” Harrison is a designer, educator and speaker specializing in industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary portion of his career was spent working 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.