I subscribe to a lot of stuff. It’s amazing how much one needs to know. I have always had an affinity for design. I love and respect what designers do. ConsumerX collaborates with designers everyday. Our consumer-centric strategy informs the design and execution of products and spaces and all the digital ways people interact with stores and brands.
So as I was reviewing my “intelligence inbox” this afternoon I came across this little item from a site called Charles & Marie http://bit.ly/9LSuCF . I have always loved Braun products and to see the AB1 available gave me pause. Even better is their sharing of Rams’ thoughts on good design. I had to share them too. Here’s an excerpt from their site. Thanks Charles & Marie.
The seventies, the decade when cars were too big, pants too wide and side burns too long. But also the decade of Braun, the design powerhouse led by Dieter Rams that created some of the most iconic pieces of consumer electronics ever designed. Unfortunately that design sensibility is long gone and since it was purchased by P&G it has joined the rank of many other dull consumer brands, churning out bland and dull design. Not ‘good design’ as Dieter Rams called it.
Ten principles defined Dieter Rams’ approach to “good design”:
Good design is innovative
Good design makes a product useful
Good design is aesthetic
Good design helps us to understand a product
Good design is unobtrusive
Good design is honest
Good design is durable
Good design is consequent to the last detail
Good design is concerned with the environment
Good design is as little design as possible
Back to purity, back to simplicity In 1971 Braun introduced the AB1 Alarm Clock, designed to do what is required — keep accurate time and wake you up in the morning — no more no less. By adhering to design principles, Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs, created an icon of modern design.
For nearly 30 years Dieter Rams served as head of design for Braun until his retirement in 1998. He continues to be a legend in design circles and most recently designed a cover for Wallpaper* magazine. Many of his designs — clocks, coffee makers, calculators, radios, audio/visual equipment and office products — have found a permanent home at many museums over the world, including MoMA in New York.
Now the last batch of the AB1 was recently sold and we got our hands on a good chunk of them. If you want to get your hands on what is undoubtedly the most quintessential alarm clock ever designed before they are all gone – forever – then act fast, those won’t last long.
If you even remotely appreciate good design go buy one of these. But get in line behind me.