Less, But Better: Dieter Rams’s Influence on Today’s UI Design

Principles of good design applied to today’s UI and Interaction design

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Dieter Rams German industrial designer born in 1932, has become one of the most recognized and influential designers of the 20th Century. A firm believer in Functionalism, his rationalist vision of design is clearly represented by the phrase "Less, but Better".

In the 50s, the Ulm School of Design, known as HFG, embarked upon a collaboration with Braun. Dieter Rams came on board along with Otl Aicher, Hans Gugelot and their students to completely absorb the innovative and functionalist vision of the “Gute Form". Later, their ideas would come to be known as “10 Principles of Good Design”.

  • Dieter Rams

    "Design Should Not Dominate things. Not dominate people. It Should Help People"

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  • The Braun Style

    As a Braun department head, Rams oversaw the development of such time-honored products such as the SK2 radio,SK5, TG60 and many more…

    We have brought a selection of them together for you on our Pinterest board which we have dedicated to design classics.

    The influence of Dieter Rams and “Braun Style” on the design we can see and feel all around us, and not to mention in the design of interfaces, is as clear as day.

Braun Style Selection

To illustrate Dieter Rams’s work, we have brought together a selection of images from Das Programm. Das Programm is a project which aims to bring us closer to wonderful work of the Braun and Vitsœ designer. Das Programm is the only online resource where you can purchase, and enjoy these great pieces of 20th Century industrial design; the project is also a great reference for important historical information about the pieces.

Source: www.dasprogramm.org

Inspired by Dieter Rams

Coming up, in tribute to Rams, we have drawn up a collection of graphic designs, illustrations, websites, and apps, etc. in which we can see modernized reproductions some of Rams’s most famous electronic appliances.

It would certainly be interesting to analyze the interaction of these product interfaces and attempt to transfer them onto our scope to create understandable, honest, useful, long-lasting, innovative web interfaces.

  • Dieter Rams Ipad Turntable

    Dieter Rams Ipad Turntable By Denis Shepovalov

  • Dieter Rams | Illustrations

    Dieter Rams | Illustrations By Kirill Zhylinsky

  • Dieter Rams | Illustrations

    Dieter Rams | Illustrations By Kirill Zhylinsky

  • Dynamic lock screen watches for iPhone 2013

    Dynamic lock screen watches for iPhone 2013 By Luca Banchelli

  • By Luca Banchelli

  • Lightmeter App

    Lightmeter App By Anton Repponen

  • Podcasts app redesign

    Podcasts app redesign By tone et type

  • Rams Player

    Rams Player By Christopher Paul

  • The T3 Concept

    The T3 Concept By Eder Rengifo

  • The T3 Concept

    The T3 Concept By Eder Rengifo

  • Braun UI

    Braun UI By Adrien Olczak

  • Icons

    Icons By Piotr Kwiatkowski

  • Braun SK2 Radio, Illustration

    Braun SK2 Radio, Illustration By Eugene Balashov

  • Braun SK-6 audio system, 3D visualization

    Braun SK-6 audio system, 3D visualization By Vladimir Kovalev

  • By Vladimir Kovalev

  • By Vladimir Kovalev

  • 3D Radio Icon

    3D Radio Icon By Celegorm

  • Braun T3 Pocket Radio

    Braun T3 Pocket Radio By Piotr Kwiatkowski

  • Dribbble is playing on my Dieter Rams 2

    Dribbble is playing on my Dieter Rams 2 By Joao Pires

  • Braund 3d radio, 3D visualization

    Braund 3d radio, 3D visualization By Simon Alexander

  • Braun Radio, Photoshop Illustration

    Braun Radio, Photoshop Illustration By Filip Slováček

  • Braun TP-1, Photoshop Illustration

    Braun TP-1, Photoshop Illustration By Jordi Verdu

  • Braun Radio, Photoshop Illustration

    Braun Radio, Photoshop Illustration By David Stefanides

  • Less But Better. Tribute to Dieter Rams, Poster

    Less But Better. Tribute to Dieter Rams, Poster By Osme Pietro

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