There’s no doubt Dieter Rams is one of the most influential designers of all time. As a result, every design blog has at least one article about Dieter Rams’ 10 Timeless Principles of Good Design, we are no different.
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For the record here are Dieter Rams 10 Commandments:
I know you know it. Above all, it’s worth to see them again. After all, for over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left a remarkable contribution to the field of product design with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. The objects Dieter has designed have touched the lives of millions of people. So many of us have had a Braun coffeemaker, shaver, stereo, calculator, speakers, or alarm clock. Or an Oral-B toothbrush. A Vitsoe 606 shelving system. Or any of the hundreds of other products Dieter has designed or overseen the design of.
Everything interacts and is dependent on other things. Therefore, we must think more thoroughly about what we are doing, how we are doing, and why we are doing.Dieter Rams
Good design is:
- MAKES A PRODUCT USEFUL
- MAKES A PRODUCT UNDERSTANDABLE
- THOROUGH DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL
- AS LITTLE DESIGN AS POSSIBLE