- Paperback: 807 pages
- Publisher: Gestalten Verlag; Slp Blg edition (March 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3899552776
- ISBN-13: 978-3899552775
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams Paperback – March 29, 2010
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The publishers have been quite clever in accommodating the huge amount of text and graphic material in a book of just over eight hundred pages. The text, German on left-hand pages and English on the right, has been printed on very thin paper (known as bible stock in the trade) which has a certain amount of show-through. The excellent product shots (314 pages) have been printed on a good matt art with another paper used for the remaining photo essays. Incidentally the color work in the book is printed with an impressive 300 screen, most art books run to 175 to 250.
Eleven of the nineteen chapters are text (on the thin paper) and explore in as much detail as you could want about German and middle European design in the first decades of the last century and how it influenced Rams, particularly the Bauhaus and Ulm design laboratories. A fascinating sixty-five page chapter: 'Dieter Rams, Braun, Vitsoe and the shrinking world' explores the reasons for the companies success and Rams contribution with brilliant product design. Another chapter: 'Graphic design: Braun and Vitsoe' delves, in part, into the typeface used on the products, always in lower-case and originally Akzidenz-Grotesk but after the sixties switching to Helvetica.
Between the essays and possibly the main strength of the book are the photo product pages, basically electrical products for the home. Each item gets a spread of lovely close-up photos butted together and then a spread with a head on shot on the left and each right-hand page having relevant profile photos.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is not just something you look at - you immerse yourself in every word, every image. The typography. Everything about this book is a work of art.Published 23 months ago by M. Perez
I loved the detailed photographs of almost every product designed by Dieter Rams. A great tribute to his range of work.Published on May 9, 2014 by Jaguar
If you are passionate about design, you need to add this book to your collection! But most of it is in German...Published on April 22, 2013 by Clara Zavani
I ordered this book along with Dieter Rams : As Little Design as Possible and the books were simply placed in an empty box. One book is 400 pages and the other is 800. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Hugh McMillan