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Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design

Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design
Back in the late 1970s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him – “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colours and noises.” Aware that he was a significant contributor to that world, he asked himself an important question: is my design good design? As good design cannot be measured in a finite way he set about expressing the ten most important principles for what he considered was good design. (Sometimes they are referred as the ‘Ten commandments’.) Here they are. Good design is innovative The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Good design makes a product useful A product is bought to be used. Good design is aesthetic The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. Good design makes a product understandable It clarifies the product’s structure. Good design is unobtrusive Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools.

GovjamParis - Eventbrite Invalid quantity. Please enter a quantity of 1 or more. The quantity you chose exceeds the quantity available. Please enter your name. The Top 10 Web Applications For Web Designers In 2009  Web Apps are hitting the internet by storm. There are so many around on the internet, running on many different frameworks. I have compiled a list of the top 10 web apps for web designers in 2009. They are ranked descending, so its saving the best until last. Remember that this is WebDesignDev’s opinion about what apps are the top 10. If you think another app should be number one, then we would love to hear it in a comment.

barbecues at Stylepark Shop curators The Ambiente in Frankfurt/Main has always been considered at the trade fair of "things to put on things". Any number of accessories for the kitchen, bathroom, living room, kids' room and garden. The selection of fitting innovations for "your store" is a challenge that every purchasing manager has to survive. › To the article Let there be fire How to Use the Rule of Thirds Effectively in Graphic Design - If you were one of those students who loved art classes but hated math, it was probably a shock to the system when you found out just how much math you’d end up using as professional designer. In fact, math skills are absolutely essential for print design—at the very least, you need to know how to measure out your bleed area and understand the physical size of your canvas. But if you’re willing to understand more than just the mathematical basics, you can use those numbers and measurements to turn a design into a thing of beauty. Understanding the rule of thirds in design is relatively simple, but this one concept can make you a significantly stronger designer. Don’t worry—you don’t need a PhD in applied mathematics to understand the rule of thirds. Just read onward to find out how easy it really is.

گزارش برگزاری برنامه "دورهم برای طراحی خدمات عمومی" + English Version Tehran GOV Jam 2012 During the past few years design community and especially many service designers are being connected through a platform held by a group called “Work. Play. Experience” consisting of two people: Markus Edgar Hormess and Adam St. John Lawrence.

20 Essential Tips and Tricks Every Flickr User Should Know For photographers, the last decade has been a very exciting time. Between the rise of the DSLR, Photoshop, affordable HD camcorders, and other technologies, the tools of the trade have seen dramatic changes. But one of the most important innovations has been, which hasn’t changed how pictures are taken, but how they’re stored and shared. Flickr is an online photo management service and social network, which has become the service of choice for professional and amateur photographers to share their work and discuss their trade. Its open API has allowed the community to develop hundreds of third party apps and add-ons to enhance its otherwise minimal interface. Because we know that many of our readers are into the art and tech of photography, we’ve compiled the 20 essential tips and tricks that we think every Flickr user should know.

How To Do Nothing In Web Design It’s a rookie mistake to confuse minimalism with merely "getting rid of things." Minimalism was an artistic style decades before the Internet even existed, and its core principles still holds true on the web—always design around the content. If you think minimalism is just about white space or carving out grid layouts, then that’s about as much "minimalism" as cutting paper dolls is to surgery. In this article, we’ll explain some of the finer points to incorporating a minimalist philosophy (not just the aesthetic) into your web UI design. First, we’ll look at which types of companies benefit most from minimalism, then we’ll move on to specific guidelines, and conclude with some useful online resources. Who Should Use Minimalism

Innovation Week 2012 – theatrical tools and service design What has the theatre got to do with designing better services? On Friday 8 June our team participated in a workshop that made the connection. As part of GovJam for Innovation Week, we brought to Canberra Adam StJohn Lawrence and Markus Edgar Hormeß from Work Play Experience, a European service design and customer experience consultancy. Adam and Markus are the initiators of the Global Service Jam, an event we participated in earlier this year, and helped us run the inaugural global GovJam event. As part of their visit Adam and Markus also facilitated a training workshop, undertaken with our colleagues from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, where we as participants used theatrical tools to unpack and understand services.

Creative Thinking Techniques .:VirtualSalt Robert Harris Version Date: January 5, 2002 You'll remember the five creative methods we discussed in the Introduction to Creative Thinking: evolution, synthesis, revolution, reapplication, changing direction. Many classic creative thinking techniques make use of one or more of these methods. Note in this section that the goal is to produce a good quantity and a good quality of new ideas and solutions so that the best ones may be chosen.

The Hick-Hyman Law: An Argument Against Complexity in User Interface Design There is often a temptation to provide users with a number of options all at once, but research suggests that the number of possible selections can slow users down. This problem was identified by British Psychologists William Hick and Ray Hyman in 1951, after carrying out a series of experiments to assess cognitive information capacity. The Hick-Hyman Law has been applied in human-computer interaction to highlight the importance of reducing the number of possible choices presented to users at any one time.

Why Google Wave Sucks, And Why You Will Use It Anyway This guest post was written by Martin Seibert, a German Internet media consultant. Google Wave is a hot topic at the moment. The ambitious group collaboration and micro-messaging platform started rolling out in beta via an initial batch of 100,000 invitations two months ago. Many people still want invitations. Among those who’ve tried it, some criticize it, some praise it. For now it has a lot of usability problems that are described below. Redefining Hick's Law Hick’s Law has always been a popular reference point for designers. You’ll find it cited in the endless lists of basic laws and principles that all designers should be familiar with. Given our assumed comfort level with this design cornerstone, I am surprised to see so many people getting it wrong. What we think we understand about Hick’s Law as it pertains to Web design is oversimplified and incomplete. We need to more deeply investigate what Hick’s Law can do for Web design. In the end, we will see why this design principle is undervalued, and we will see how we have been designing incorrectly for the user’s decision-making process.