Dieter Rams at 80 - Design Bureau

Dieter Rams at 80

Monday, May 21st, 2012

By John Dugan

The great German industrial designer Dieter Rams turned 80 yesterday, May 21, 2012. Surprisingly, the tributes on design websites have been fairly modest. However, there are dozens of great videos of interviews with Rams floating around online. The designer remains surprisingly open about his history with Braun and his views on good design. If you're just tuning in, Rams designs of everyday modern objects for Braun are amongst the most influential and enduring modern objects made by man—he's one of my favorites if you couldn't tell. I don't like to call him a minimalist, exactly, just a very smart, sensible designer. 

1. Read this biography of the great designer at Design Museum.

2. Read his legendary 1976 speech over at Fast Co Design or download it as a PDF.

3. Read this handy version of the 10 principles of design.

4. Watch this video interview from the V&A Museum

5.  Read this interview from Vitra

6. Listen to the Jon Brooks album Music for Dieter Rams

7. Watch Dieter Rams explain less and more and talks about working for Braun and his views on colored kitchen appliances. 

8. Check out these 15 classic Dieter Rams designs

 Find something good on Rams yesterday? Drop it in the comments.

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