After a short but prolific stint crafting stage sets, Henry Dreyfuss (1904-1972) found his calling as an industrial designer (before the phrase was even coined). His usercentric, ergonomic-based work ranged from vacuums for Hoover and locomotives for the New York Central Railroad to the 300-series “phone of the future” for Bell Laboratories. His life took a tragic end when he and his terminally ill wife committed suicide in 1972.