The much anticipated documentary about famed designer Dieter Rams is coming this Fall. The creator/director Gary Hustwit, known for his design documentaries Objectified, Helvetica, Urbanized, will be hosting a Portland premiere followed by a Q&A session on October 10th at Cinema 21.
His work has influenced the way most of today’s consumer products look and function. The computer or phone you’re reading this on looks the way it does because of Dieter Rams. Dieter’s influence also extends to his “Ten Principles of Good Design,” a list of edicts that champions simplicity, honesty, and restraint, and still applies to design theory and practice today.
In 2008, Gary [Hustwit] interviewed Dieter for his documentary Objectified, but was only able to share a small piece of his story in that film. Dieter, who is now 85, is a very private person; however Gary has been granted unprecedented access to create the first feature-length documentary about his life and work. The documentary is simply titled Rams.
Rams will include in-depth conversations with Dieter, and dive deep into his philosophy, his process, and his inspirations. But one of the most interesting parts of Dieter’s story is that he now looks back on his career with some regret. “If I had to do it over again, I would not want to be a designer,” he’s said. “There are too many unnecessary products in this world.” Dieter has long been an advocate for the ideas of environmental consciousness and long-lasting products. He’s dismayed by today’s unsustainable world of over-consumption, where “design” has been reduced to a meaningless marketing buzzword.
Rams is a design documentary, but it’s also a rumination on consumerism, materialism, and sustainability. Dieter’s philosophy is about more than just design, it’s about a way to live. It’s about getting rid of distractions and visual clutter, and just living with what you need.
The film features original music by pioneering musician and producer Brian Eno. Rams is currently in production and will be released later in Fall 2018.
Text and image courtesy Gary Hustwit.
Date: October 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Cinema 21616 Northwest 21st Avenue
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