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Dieter Rams amazing & inspiring principles of good design

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Dieter Rams

  1. 1. Back in the early 1980s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him – “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colors and noises.” Aware that he was a significant contributor to that world, he asked himself an important question: is my design good design? As good design cannot be measured in a finite way he set about expressing the ten most important principles for what he considered was good design. (Sometimes they are referred as the „Ten commandments‟.)DIETER RAMSTEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD DESIGN
  2. 2. GOOD DESIGN IS INNOVATIVEThe possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technologicaldevelopment is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. Butinnovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, andcan never be an end in itself.TP 1 radio/phono combination, 1959, byDieter Rams for Braun
  3. 3. GOOD DESIGN MAKES A PRODUCT USEFULA product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not onlyfunctional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes theusefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract fromit.MPZ 21 multipress citrus juicer, 1972, byDieter Rams and Jürgen Greubel for Braun
  4. 4. GOOD DESIGN IS AESTHETICThe aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products weuse every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objectscan be beautiful.RT 20 tischsuper radio, 1961, by DieterRams for Braun
  5. 5. GOOD DESIGN MAKES A PRODUCT UNDERSTABLE It clarifies the product‟s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.T 1000 world receiver, 1963, by DieterRams for Braun
  6. 6. GOOD DESIGN IS UNOBSTRUSIVE Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user‟s self-expression.Cylindric T 2 lighter, 1968, by DieterRams for Braun
  7. 7. GOOD DESIGN IS HONESTIt does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. Itdoes not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.L 450 flat loudspeaker,TG 60 reel-to-reeltape recorder and TS 45control unit, 1962-64, by Dieter Rams for Braun
  8. 8. GOOD DESIGN IS LONG LASTINGIt avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlikefashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today‟s throwaway society620 Chair Programme, 1962, by DieterRams for Vitsœ
  9. 9. GOOD DESIGN IS THOROUGH, TO THE LAST DETAIL Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.ET 66 calculator, 1987, by Dietrich Lubsfor Braun
  10. 10. GOOD DESIGN IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.606 Universal Shelving System, 1960, byDieter Rams for Vitsœ
  11. 11. GOOD DESIGN IS AS LITTLE DESIGN AS POSSIBLELess, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and theproducts are not burdened with non-essentials.Back to purity, back to simplicity. L 2 speaker, 1958, by Dieter Rams for Braun
  12. 12. Things which are different in order simply to be different are seldom better, but thatwhich is made to be better is almost always different - Dieter Rams, 1993My goal is to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to best possibleadvantage - Dieter Rams, 1980