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Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Dieter Rams is one of the most influential product designers of the twentieth century. Even if you don’t immediately recognize his name, you have almost certainly used one of the radios, clocks, lighters, juicers, shelves or hundreds of other products he designed. He is famous not only for this vast array of well-formed products, but for his remarkably prescient ideas abou ...more
Hardcover, Phaidon Monograph Series, 398 pages
Published April 30th 2010 by Phaidon (first published 2010)
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Nathan
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As a person who paid little attention to Dieter Rams before, this was an eye opening and informative book. It incorporates a brief background on Dieter Rams, the formation of Braun, and details on a number of the products Dieter was a part of.

The sections that talk about the products can feel a bit dry at times. All are worth reading for the stories behind the creation of the products. Some more rich and interesting than others. They are accompanied by marvelous photos. The pictures of Dieter's
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Alexey
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well written book that explores the logic and ethos behind close-to-perfect Braun products.
Pieter Aart
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing look into Rams industrial design development and the history of Braun from the lead up by Bauhaus to his final work.
Anthony B.
First impressions: One of the worst dust covers I've see. Malodourous plastic which, nicely detailed & printed, is entirely unsuitable for a dustcover, because apart from smelling like a cheap action figure left in the sun it immortalises every little dent along its edges, fits too loosely to offer any convincing degree of protection.

I was very unimpressed with the thin grey card sleeve on Kemp's "Less and More", but this is worse. I hope if Phaidon do another run of these they'll just drop
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Wilte
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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“Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design”

― Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design #LessButBetter #WenigerAberBesser https://www.vitsoe.com/eu/about/good-...
Panagiotis Spiliotis
Most of the information in this book can be easily found elsewhere online in greater detail and depth. The most valuable parts of the book are those that give a historical and cultural context of the principles that shaped Dieter Rams's' thinking and work.
Jai
May 05, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It's good to turn your head into the principle of design
Samuli
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Covering all objects and all aspects of Rams' career.
Gavin
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on Dieter Rams' products and philosophy. It is an inspiration to both read and to experience the beautiful photography.
Dave Paola
It was a lot more about Dieter Rams than design in general. Still a worthwhile read, but not what I expected.
Aman Parnami
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read parts of it while researching Dieter Rams for a blog. Loved the presentation, writing and inspiring work compiled into this book.
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