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Dieter Rams 10 Principles of “Good Design”

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As the New Year begins, architects and designers everywhere search for the latest information in hopes to find inspiration to provide them with ample amounts of motivation. Unsure of my inspiration, I found myself reading Neither Restrospective, Nor Predictive: Dieter Rams & Design of Self on the Semantic Foundry WordPress. I was then reminded of the famous German industrial designer Dieter Rams and his ten principles of “good design”. The straightforward list lays down key points, clearly stating what makes a good design. This information is a timeless source of inspiration that most any designer can appreciate.

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Dieter Rams, Braun phonosuper (SK 4), 1956; design: Hans Gugelot and Dieter Rams, photo: Koichi OkuwakiDieter Rams, Braun hair dryer (HLD 4), 1970; design: Dieter Rams, photo: Koichi OkuwakiDieter Rams, Braun clock radio (ABR 21 signal radio), 1978; design: Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs, photo: Koichi OkuwakiDieter Rams, Braun coffee machine (KF 20 Aromaster), 1972; detail, design: Florian Seiffert, photo: Koichi Okuwaki+ 7