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  • Apr 16 / 2014
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Graphic Design, Inspiration, Resources

The perfect home office

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Since starting out as a freelancer this year I’ve set up a home office for my design work. Finding the right combination of furniture and accessories to make a creative environment can be tricky, expensive, and rewarding. My current set up is a work in progress and so far is made up of IKEA furniture, design books, and my essential mac hardware. I’ve collected a few items which are on my wish-list which I’ll post here, some of them I have, others are too expensive.

The Desk

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The Artifox Desk

This handcrafted desk not only looks beautiful but is functional and is likely to increase your workflow. With seamless docks for your devices, out-of-sight cable management and even a writable/erasable board to write down those important notes this is a very well considered design and would look nice in any setting.

The iPhone/iPad Cover & Dock

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Grovemade iPhone Covers & Docks

These crafted wooden covers for iPhones, iPads, Laptops, Notebooks and docks look great. Grovemade have used good quality steel and wood to create their range of products, have a look at their site for the full range.

The Clock

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Timetravel Wall Clock by Tobias van Schneider

Probably not the easiest way to tell the time, but who cares. This clock looks great and would get your mind wandering in those daydream moments.

The Artwork

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Get Sh*t Done Poster

For those times that you need reminding to stop procrasinating and get to work, this poster helps kick your ass into gear.

  • Aug 28 / 2013
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Graphic Design, Inspiration

Dieter Rams – Less, but better

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Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who has had a timeless effect on design. His influence can be seen in the iPhone in your hand, your bedroom clock radio and many other products available today. His style of design can be summed up by the phrase he uses, “Weniger, aber besser“, which translates as “Less, but better“.

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The Ten Commandments for good design which he created can be applied to all facets of the design industry, he absolutely nails it:

  1. Good design should be innovative — It does not copy existing product forms, nor does it produce any kind of novelty just for the sake of it. The essence of innovation must clearly be seen in all of a product’s functions. Current technological development keeps offering new chances for innovative solutions.
  2. Good design should make a product useful — The product is bought in order to be used. It must serve a defined purpose, in both primary and additional functions. The most important task of design is to optimise the utility of a product’s usability.
  3. Good design is aesthetic design — The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
  4. Good design will make a product understandable — It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.
  5. Good design is honest — It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
  6. Good design is unobtrusive — Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
  7. Good design is long lived — It does not follow trends that become out-dated after a short time. Well designed products differ significantly from short-lived, trivial products in today’s throwaway world.
  8. Good design is consistent in every detail — Nothing must be arbitrary. Thoroughness and accuracy in the design process shows respect towards the user.
  9. Good design should be environmentally friendly — Design must make contributions towards a stable environment and sensible raw material situation. This does not only include actual pollution, but also visual pollution and destruction of our environmet.
  10. Good design is as little design as possible — Less is more – because it concentrates on the essential aspects and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity

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Dieter creates stylish products which are both functional and aesthetic, he has even been credited for influencing many of apple’s products. His work has been exhibited across the world and even if it was created years ago, still proves to be timeless. I type this as I’m wearing a Braun Watch designed by the man himself.

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For more Dieter Rams inspired work, check out this Tumblr dedicated to his style