Fritz Kahn: a pioneer of information graphics

Dr. Fritz Kahn (1888 – 1968) was a scientist, author and gynecologist at the forefront of early information graphics.  He is perhaps best known for his wall poster, “Der Mensch als Industriepalast” / “Man as Industrial Palace”, a witty but purposeful diagram of the human body in which man is turned into a complex mechanical structure with cogs, fans, pumps and a dedicated team of miniature workers. When this poster was created in the 1920s, manufacturing industries were undergoing significant technical and industrial changes. With improved electrical power transmission, the rise of the production assembly line and better product distribution, the Roaring Twenties turned factory workers into “a cog in the machine” themselves.

To see “Der Mensch als Industriepalast” come to life, click here.

By embracing modern technology, Dr. Kahn displayed a fantastic ability to depict elements of the human body in a unique and interesting way.


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