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Design Quotes:

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.

Walt Disney

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.

Paul Rand

Bankruptocracy is as much a European predicament as it is an American ‘invention.’ The difference between the experience of the two continents is that at least Americans did not have to labour under the enormous design faults of the eurozone.

Yanis Varoufakis

Surprisingly, the Eisenhower Memorial design contains almost none of the known Gehry-box of tricks. His giant etched chain-link curtain, first applied in 1979 to hide an ungracious parking garage at Santa Monica Place, is resurrected for Eisenhower to screen the equally graceless facade of the Department of Education.

Leon Krier

I now add, farther, that the apostle’s argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.

Jonathan Mayhew

Golf course design is exciting.

Tom Kite

It is not that you do wrong by design, but that you should never do right by mistake.

Junius

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper, may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin, or follow bad courses, out of charitable design, and with hope to reclaim them.

Isaac Barrow

The Diesel team has incredible passion. We work for ourselves and design for ourselves. When I see a new watch in our collection, I go crazy. I want one of everything.

Renzo Rosso

I have been doing technology foresight for a number of years now on the level of scenario design, primarily. I want to become more rigorous with research methodology and statistical methods. I want to shift from creating clever SF scenarios to being a professional forecaster able to make rigorous predictions.

Karl Schroeder

The design of those commissioners, frigates and warlike force is directed rather against Long Island and these your Honors’ possessions, than to the imagined reform of New England.

Peter Stuyvesant

I got into university to study graphic design, and I got into drama school as well, so I had the choice whether I wanted to go down the sensible route or if I wanted to become an actor.

Chris Geere

I like entertainment and think mastery is good, though I don’t feel like a master. If a theme means having a story that’s legible, then that’s certainly what we do. But we don’t treat design as an add-on layer.

David Rockwell

When you design it, think how you would feel if you had to fly it! Safety first!

Donald Wills Douglas

Design is a powerful factor in communication between disciplines and stakeholders and can transform knowledge into creative, human-oriented solutions that can promote companies’ and countries’ competitive ability and foster innovation and growth.

Jens Martin Skibsted

Design has long gone from tinkering and sketching of auteurs in isolation to a powerful catalyzer of growth.

Jens Martin Skibsted

I believe that to further strategic growth and development via design, we need to have a set of public design policies.

Jens Martin Skibsted

The nature of design is to synthesize disparate perspectives and create a richer end product through collaboration and iteration.

Jens Martin Skibsted

Socialcam shares Autodesk’s mission of helping everybody imagine, design, and create a better world.

Michael Seibel

There is no reason we can’t design a car to last for 35 years instead of six or seven.

Vaclav Smil

Design certainly has a cosmetic, aesthetic aim. It always aims at making things beautiful. But relevance is just as important. I often say, ‘If it isn’t ethical, it can’t be beautiful. But if it isn’t beautiful, it probably shouldn’t be at all.’

Yves Behar

Design needs a new relationship with the world, one that is more focused on our planet’s needs.

Yves Behar

When clients come to my design agency and say ‘I want to be the Apple of this or that,’ we say ‘Okay, are you ready to be the Steve Jobs?’ Few are up to the task.

Yves Behar

My mantra is: ‘Good design accelerates the adoption of new ideas.’

Yves Behar

What I learned from my years in Silicon Valley is that design can have a primary role in how a business is shaped, how a company can be design-driven. In my experience of large industry in Europe, that knowledge has been lost.

Yves Behar

I wanted to be a writer as a teen… so storytelling was my first love. In my late teens, design became an obsession as I realized that I could express myself through the medium. Much later, when I founded Fuseproject in 1999, our slogan became ‘design brings stories to life.’

Yves Behar

Design is a tool that either allows us to create new markets or disrupt existing ones.

Yves Behar

The best design work is really done when you spend more time with people, when you have the opportunity to be of the same mindset and the same incentives as the founder of the business.

Yves Behar

I think every business, really, has a unique reason for being, unique assets, unique attributes, a unique history. And that can be turned into a very attractive design story, essentially, that consumers can relate to.

Yves Behar

I’m interested in technology for the masses. Good tech design should not just be for enthusiasts but for the general public. It should be something that touches everyone.

Yves Behar

I am always looking for ways to move technology away from being over-featured. Moving to Silicon Valley in the mid-1990s meant I grew up as a designer in an environment where technology is a tool and not a means to an end. I believe that design should be driven by ideas, not style.

Yves Behar

I have been working with Hive, part of British Gas, on reinventing the thermostat. Now you can control your heating at the press of a button on your phone. As I say, design should permeate every part of society.

Yves Behar

Juicero is the first company to make cold-pressed juice something that people can make themselves at home. The challenges to design and engineer a press that can deliver 8,000 pounds of force are tremendous.

Yves Behar

Integrating breakthrough technology into everyday products is always a challenge; at the same time, this is exactly how design makes tech products easily adoptable in life.

Yves Behar

I truly believe that we’re about to enter a second golden age of design. The first one was in the ’50s and ’60s, when designers like Raymond Loewy, Charles Eames, George Nelson and Dieter Rams were shepherds of the brands they were working with. They had influence over the products and how companies communicated and promoted themselves.

Yves Behar

Design accelerates the adoption of new ideas. And many of these ideas are important for designers to show that there is a way. When you see things through that lens, you realize it applies to any industry and any form of design.

Yves Behar

Having one foot in design and the other in sustainable and social projects, I hear this question quite often: ‘Why does the world need another chair?’ My answer is that the world needs another chair/bicycle/car or any new product for that matter, like the world needs another book.

Yves Behar

I am passionate about what design can do – how far it can support the new ideas and the new ways of living of this 21st Century. Good design accelerates this exciting future where manufacturing is local, materials and processes are cradle to cradle, business models are both socially and financially driven.

Yves Behar

I design some of my own clothes now.

Kiernan Shipka

If you’re writing a screenplay for a feature, you don’t have any involvement with the casting process, the editing process, the set design, the costume design, or any of that stuff.

David Benioff

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.

Le Corbusier

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.

Steve Jobs

The artist in me cries out for design.

Robert Frost

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

Samuel Johnson

Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.

Elon Musk

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sometimes I can’t figure designers out. It’s as if they flunked human anatomy.

Erma Bombeck

The space within becomes the reality of the building.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Space is the breath of art.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.

GEORGE SANTAYANA

Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.

William Butler Yeats

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.

Coco Chanel

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

Coco Chanel

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.

Henri Matisse

Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.

Alexander McQueen

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

Miguel de Cervantes

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.

Herodotus

A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.

Christian Louboutin

I’m a designer, and I think if you work in fashion, you have to give people fantasy.

Christian Louboutin

Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of every meeting in every single department.

Tom Peters

I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body.

Gianni Versace

Perhaps believing in good design is like believing in God, it makes you an optimist.

Terence

So much in design is presented as a big miracle when it’s just a repetition of what’s been happening for 80 years.

Marcel Wanders

In tech, people want an object for what’s inside it, what it does. You need to make a defensive design that people won’t walk away from. A chair is aggressive – you want a customer to choose it from many others.

Marcel Wanders

I have been a designer all my life, and design, for me, is to share love and trust and show the future in a beautiful way. I have worked on this principle all my life.

Marcel Wanders

I think design is the expression of its time and culture.

Marcel Wanders

I have a long list of how people call me: ‘The Prince of Design,’ ‘Beethoven of Design,’ ‘the Dutch Prince of Design’ and the list goes on and on and on… and also the ‘Lady Gaga of Design!’ I am fine with it. I think she is an amazing character who has innovated the music scene and is respected by so many people; she is surprising.

Marcel Wanders

Designers have been uncreative and very arrogant. They need to listen to people. People have always wanted more exciting, interesting design, but we designers didn’t see it.

Marcel Wanders

When I wrote my book about Amsterdam, the main objective was to talk about the city’s creativity rather than just its design.

Marcel Wanders

Modernism is an outmoded way of thinking about design: it just doesn’t reflect the way we live now. It always puts forward this idea that the past is irrelevant to tomorrow – and tomorrow is all that matters. But the past is part of who we are.

Marcel Wanders

Function is fundamental to design, of course. If something doesn’t work, it’s a bad product, and I certainly get frustrated by things that aren’t functional. But there has to be more than function. A house has to function, but if that’s all it does, you don’t love it.

Marcel Wanders

We are buying stuff we know we don’t need, and that is a problem we should face in design. It starts with creating an object that transports through time a valuable idea: that it can live forever.

Marcel Wanders

Dada has always been competitive and respected and I’m excited to design and promote a shoe that represents both of us so well.

Xzibit

Pedestrians and cyclists are squeezed by planners into narrow and often dangerous spaces – the afterthoughts of urban design.

George Monbiot

I like to wear things that don’t need ironing. It seems a fundamental design flaw when clothing needs ironing. There are loads of fabrics these days that don’t need ironing, so I stick to those.

Konnie Huq

To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.

Milton Glaser

My parents were/are straight-edge hippies. Mom roamed around gardening so we would have fresh food, and Dad was on wood-chopping duty to heat our passive solar home that they figured out how to design and build together. I was the kid with green peppers in my lunch, and I liked them!

Tara Stiles

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.

Herbert A. Simon

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent – not with how things are but with how they might be – in short, with design.

Herbert A. Simon

The proper study of mankind is the science of design.

Herbert A. Simon

British innovation in design, in the creative arts, in engineering and manufacturing is world class.

Margaret Heffernan

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.

Philip Johnson

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.
Donna Karan

Philip Johnson

This is what I like about being a designer: You can’t really get it until you see it.

Isaac Mizrahi

I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings.

Daniel Libeskind

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.

Pierre Bonnard

I don’t start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate.

Mike Davidson

Design is not for philosophy it’s for life.

Issey Miyake

The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.

Arthur Erickson

A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do.

Niklaus Wirth

Designs are increasingly winning competitions because they are literally green, and because somewhere they feature a small windmill.

Rem Koolhaas

Design is people.

Jane Jacobs

What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together.

Mitch Kapor

I believe in empty spaces; they’re the most wonderful thing.

Anselm Kiefer

The primary factor is proportions.

Arne Jacobsen

In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone.

Donald Norman

Everyday people are not very good designers.

Donald Norman

Buildings designed with careful attention to aesthetics arouse and enlighten their occupants and that promotes their good health.

Robert Evans

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.

Dieter Rams

I’m not like most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired. Most of the time, it’s on my walk to work, or sitting in the subway and seeing something random or out of context.

Alexander Wang

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.

Michael Graves

In designing hardware to be used every day, it was important to keep both the human aspects and the machine in mind. What looks good also often feels good.

Michael Graves

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all… good design must primarily serve people.

Thomas J. Watson

Good design is good business.

Thomas J. Watson

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

Anna Quindlen

I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.

Ralph Lauren

Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.

Louis Kahn

It’s a very strange thing for a designer to say, but one of the things that really irritates me in products is when I’m aware of designers wagging their tails in my face.

Jonathan Ive

Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings.

Robert Collier

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.

Tadao Ando

To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.

Charles Eames

The details are not the details. They make the design.

Charles Eames

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.

Charles Eames

Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.

Charles Eames

In the end, I hope there’s a little note somewhere that says I designed a good computer.

Steve Wozniak

I design for the woman who loves being a woman.

Diane von Furstenberg

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.

Christopher Alexander

A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.

Edith Head

I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time. There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing or accessories that are not practical.

Giorgio Armani

Designers are very fickle. I never wanted to be a victim of that. You’re in one minute, out the next.

Tyra Banks

I don’t think there is anything wrong with white space. I don’t think it’s a problem to have a blank wall.

Annie Leibovitz

Designing is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth – intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling.

Peter Zumthor

Accessible design is good design.

Steve Ballmer

Design is everything. Everything!

Paul Rand

Good design doesn’t date. Bad design does.

Paul Rand

Graphic design, which evokes the symmetria of Vituvius, the dynamic symmetry of Hambidge, the asymmetry of Mondrian; which is a good gestalt, generated by intuition or by computer, by invention or by a system of coordinates, is not good design if it does not communicate.

Paul Rand

Sacred spaces can be created in any environment.

Christy Turlington

Luck is the residue of design.

Branch Rickey

We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives.

Tara Stiles

People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.

Carrie-Anne Moss

At the OECD, we stand ready to continue to help our member and partner countries to design, promote, and implement Better Policies for Better Lives.

Jose Angel Gurria

The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.

Frank Zappa

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Jim Rohn

I’m not into fashion, but I like design. I wear the same shoes every day.

Tyler, The Creator

‘Design’ is a word that’s come to mean so much that it’s also a word that has come to mean nothing.

Jonathan Ive

All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can’t design anything without thinking of how a woman’s body will look and move when she’s wearing it.

Vera Wang

Good design should be honest.

Ferdinand Porsche

I design for the use of a building and the place and for the people who use it… the reputation for arrogance comes because when work is offered to me, I look whether I can find a genuine interest in quality.

Peter Zumthor

The first 10 years of my professional life had only to do with running away from my father. He was a wonderful cabinet-maker, and me being the eldest son, I had to take over his shop, his profession and so on and so on. I tried to escape by going to art school and then going on to industrial design and then interior design.

Peter Zumthor

Biomimicry is basically taking a design challenge and then finding an ecosystem that’s already solved that challenge, and literally trying to emulate what you learn.

Janine Benyus

The difference between good design and great design is intelligence.

Tibor Kalman

I’m a big believer in the emotion of design, and the message that’s sent before somebody begins to read, before they get the rest of the information; what is the emotional response they get to the product, to the story, to the painting – whatever it is.

David Carson

Maybe at some subconscious level, things are done to upset somebody – part of me continues to see no valid reason for many of the accepted rules of design.

David Carson

It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases, when everything goes right, or when all the information required is available in proper format.

Donald Norman

I’m 100 percent sure the love and energy we give to a project will end up inside of it. I think it’s important that when we work on something, we do it with positive intentions, because this energy will be sensed in the design.

Marcel Wanders

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

Henry David Thoreau

I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.’

Kanye West

Art is to be free. Design is to fix.

Kanye West

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.

Marcus Aurelius

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

John Adams

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Steve Jobs

The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it.

Steve Jobs

In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design.

Steve Jobs

Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. The iMac is not just the color or translucence or the shape of the shell. The essence of the iMac is to be the finest possible consumer computer in which each element plays together.

Steve Jobs

Fear is present when we forget that we are a part of God’s divine design. Learning to experience authentic love means abandoning ego’s insistence that you have much to fear and that you are in an unfriendly world. You can make the decision to be free from fear and doubt and return to the brilliant light of love that is always with you.

Wayne Dyer

I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.

Bob Dylan

Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.

Billy Graham

Many people think that being a graphic designer means going to an expensive art school and buying expensive software that will cost you thousands of dollars. This is so far from the truth. There are hundreds of online education centers that offer top-notch graphic design training.

Fabrizio Moreira

If you’re a devoted collector of design, you seek out objects you can love to live with but also live in.

Dasha Zhukova

Whether by design or circumstance, every startup will eventually get disrupted.

Jay Samit

Design is how you make your first impression with your consumers. Make sure it is a lasting one.

Jay Samit

After all, C++ isn’t a perfect match for Java’s design aims either.

Bjarne Stroustrup

I often read nonfiction with a pencil in hand. I love the feel, the smell, the design, the weight of a book, but I also enjoy the convenience of my Kindle – for travel and for procuring a book in seconds.

Drew Gilpin Faust

I used to draw and design my own furniture in college but never had the means to build them.

Shervin Pishevar

A movie contains literally tens of thousands of ideas. They’re in the form of every sentence; in the performance of each line; in the design of characters, sets, and backgrounds; in the locations of the camera; in the colors, the lighting, the pacing.

Edwin Catmull

I hate cars; in terms of what they do to nature and personally I just don’t like driving them. I think they’re a very bad way to design a transportation system.

Adam Conover

What is Design?

A design is a plan or specification for the creation of an object or system, or for the execution of an operation or procedure, or the result of a plan or specification in the form of a prototype , product or method.

The verb to design expresses the process of design development. For certain cases , the actual creation of an object without an specific prior design (such as crafts, engineering, coding and graphic design) can also be considered to be a design practice.

Design typically needs to follow certain criteria and requirements, can take into account artistic, practical, economic or socio-political factors, and is required to communicate with a specific environment.

Significant examples of designs include architectural designs, engineering drawings, company processes, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns.

The person who creates a design is referred to as a designer, which is a term commonly used for people who work specifically in one of the different design fields, typically defining which area is being dealt with (such as a textile designer, fashion designer, food artist, artist, web designer or interior designer), but also others such as architects and engineers.

The sequence of activities of the designer is called the design process, possibly using design methods. The design process can be short (fast sketch) or long and complicated, requiring significant analysis, negotiation, contemplation, modeling, interactive adaptation and redesign.