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3.0 out of 5 stars Visually Comprehensive Review of an Influential Designer, But Needs More Context, July 17, 2011
This review is from: Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible (Hardcover)
Dieter Rams has been a strong influence on modern industrial design. He worked many years for Braun. Jonathan Ive at Apple, and many others have acknowledged Ram's influence. Rams wrote a book in German and coauthored others.

This is a valuable visual catalog of all his work in context. It covers the individual works and their chronology, too brief writings by Rams himself, and short notes by designers who have been influenced by Rams. There is a useful exploration of Rams in the context of German philosophy and culture by Klaus Kemp.

Early versions of Rams' 10 principles are presented, along with thoughts on designing detail. Those 10 principles should be prominently on the tackboard or in a mobile phone app of every designer, including customer experience designers. I must disagree with the publisher's review, the book could have been better with more of Rams' original design drawings, conference presentations or writings.

The book is great for visual inspiration, and to explain concepts to clients if you work in Rams' style, which in my opinion is needed more than ever.
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