New Years Resolutions – Follow The Ten Principles of Good Design

For those of you looking for a New Years Resolution, Dieter Rams Ten Principles of Good Design have been around for a while, but are as relevant now as they were when he wrote them. Pick one of them to take extra seriously for 2013. Hint. I like Number 9.

  1. Good Design is innovative.
  2. Good Design makes a product useful.
  3. Good Design is aesthetic.
  4. Good Design makes a product understandable.
  5. Good Design is unobtrusive.
  6. Good Design is honest.
  7. Good Design is long-lasting.
  8. Good Design is thorough down to the last detail.
  9. Good Design is environmentally friendly.
  10. Good Design is as little design as possible.

If anyone can find a better set of principles to guide designers, I’d like to hear them.

Happy New Year!

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