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Braun transistor radio

The Braun T3 transistor radio was designed by Dieter Rams in collaboration with the Ulm School of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung) and was the first pocket portable transistor radio to come from Braun. The Braun T3 offers a clear illustration of Dieter Rams design principles at work and their continuing influential impact. Most notable of all contemporary homages to Rams' design of the T3 is Jonathan Ive's design of the iPod for Apple. Jonathan Ive has acknowledged that the Apple design lab …


Object No.


Object Statement

Radio receiver, with instructions and case, T3 transistor radio, plastic / metal / electronic components / paper / textile, designed by Dieter Rams and Ulm School of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung), made by Braun AG, Frankfurt, Germany, 1958

Physical Description

Pocket transistor radio in white plastic casing with tuning dial on lower face and perforated chassis above for speaker behind. There is also a product information sheet and a green coloured material case to hold the radio reciever.


'Braun' manufacturers logo on back of radio.



150 mm


82 mm


41 mm




Designed by Dieter Rams and Ulm School of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung) and manufactured by Braun AG, Frankfurt, Germany in 1958.

Rams design principles:
Good design is innovative.
Good design makes a product useful.
Good design is aesthetic.
Good design makes a product understandable.
Good design is unobtrusive.
Good design is honest.
Good design is long-lasting.
Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
Good design is environmentally friendly.
Good design is as little design as possible.


Credit Line

Purchased 2012

Acquisition Date

12 March 2012

Cite this Object


Braun transistor radio 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 June 2023, <>


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