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Design Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Design

Please enjoy these Design Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.
- Harry Bertoia

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

I like the body.
I like to design everything to do with the body.
- Gianni Versace

 

Design works if it's authentic, inspired,
and has a clear point of view.
It can't be a collection of input.
- Ron Johnson

Design is everything.
Everything!
- Paul Rand

Accessible design is good design.
- Steve Ballmer

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I design for the woman who loves being a woman.
- Diane von Furstenberg

To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.
- Charles J. Givens

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in
business but above all...
good design must primarily serve people.
- Thomas J. Watson

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

I think it's really important to design things with a kind of personality.
- Marc Newson

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

I don't design clothes, I design dreams.
- Ralph Lauren

Design is not for philosophy it's for life.
- Issey Miyake

Good design is good business.
- Thomas J. Watson

I've been amazed at how often those outside the discipline
of design assume that what designers do is decoration.
Good design is problem solving.
- Jeffery Veen

Luck is the residue of design.
- Branch Rickey

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 directed toward human beings.
To design is to solve human problems by identifying
them and executing the best solution.
- Ivan Chermayeff

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

So, to really execute design in its highest form and making people feel joy,
that's a great reward.
- Genevieve Gorder

The proper study of mankind is the science of design.
- Herbert Simon

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

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

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.
- Mitchell Kapor

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

Design is an unknown.
- Geoffrey Beene

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

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design -
it reinforces it.
- Pierre Bonnard

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

Good buildings come from good people,
ad all problems are solved by good design.
- Stephen Gardiner

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
- Charles Eames

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

Good design doesn't date.
- Harry Seidler

The design of each element should be thought out in
order to be easy to make and easy to repair.
- Leo Fender

Design is people.
- Jane Jacobs

Great designers seldom make great advertising men,
because they get overcome by the beauty of the picture -
and forget that merchandise must be sold.
- James Randolph Adams

About half my designs are controlled fantasy,
15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
- Manolo Blahnik

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

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

Good designers can create normalcy out of chaos;
they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing
and manipulating of words and pictures.
- Jeffery Veen

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

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

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

Sacred spaces can be created in any environment.
- Christy Turlington

I would think twice about designing stuff for which
there was no need and which didn't endure.
- Robin Day

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

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

Sometimes I can't figure designers out.
It's as if they flunked human anatomy.
- Erma Bombeck

Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.
- Kenzo Tange

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

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

The primary factor is proportions.
- Arne Jacobsen

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

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

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

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

Outside of the chair, the teapot is the most ubiquitous
and important design element in the domestic environment
and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design
has ended up designing one.
- David McFadden

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

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

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design,
manufacturing...
layout, processes, and procedures.
- Tom Peters

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

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily.
They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
- Tim Berners-Lee

The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior
and the land beyond the garden.
- Stephen Gardiner

If you don't design your own life plan,
chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
- Jim Rohn

I do two things.
I design mobile computers and I study brains.
- Jeff Hawkins

Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be.
- Dennis Conner

English is taking over the world.
I just wrote a piece about it.
And it's not by design.
The United States dominates because it's the biggest market.
- Norman Spinrad

Species go extinct because there are historical contraints
built into a given body or a given design.
- Kevin Kelly

Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions,
comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.
- Freeman Thomas


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