Back in the early 1980s, 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’.)
via Vitsoe – Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design. His ten principles for good industrial design plus ten drop dead gorgeous products to go along with each principle, what more could you want? These products are as much art as they are functional.