Even with an Ivy League education and a list of influential friends, George Nelson never took himself too seriously. We like that.
George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most groundbreaking designers of the 20th century. He was also an important design communicator. From the time he completed studies in architecture at Yale until he was almost forty Nelson was occupied as a writer with a compelling opinion.
It was from this vocation that he was spotted by the Chairman of Herman Miller who read Nelson's book "Tomorrow's House". As Director of Design from 1946-1972, Nelson's talent for industrial design was clear.
He transformed all facets of design in the company including signage and branding. Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi also made their mark on Herman Miller thanks to Nelson.
He continued to write and teach throughout life. Closer to his death Nelson created the idea of cleaner cities, where all kinds of pollution from audio, chemical or visual clutter would be diminished.