Design quotes and sayings

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Charles Eames

Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.
Erik Adigard

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

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.
David Hockney

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Charles Eames

Today industrial design has put murder on a mass-production basis.
Victor Papanek

Accessible design is good design.
Steve Ballmer

Luck is the residue of design.
Branch Rickey

Design is the easiest way to reenergize a product.
Fast Company

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

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

It is all about technique. The great mistake of this century is to put inspiration and creativity first.
Vivienne Westwood

It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.
T.S. Eliot

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

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
Christopher Alexander

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

Great design will not sell an inferior product, but it will enable a great product to achieve its maximum potential.
Thomas Watson Jr

Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.
Pierre Bonnard

Good design is the most important way to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.
Yun Jong Yong

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.
Eliel Saarinen

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

I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
Ralph Lauren

Simple design, intense content.
Edward Tufte

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

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

Art will make our streets as beautiful as the woods, as elevating as the mountain-side: it will be a pleasure and a rest, and not a weight upon the spirits to come from the open country into a town. Every man’s house will be fair and decent, soothing to his mind and helpful to his work.
William Morris

We have no general conceptual thrust for the band, other than trying to make music that keeps our interest. When things are novel, they are probably things we have discovered by accident or investigation rather than by design.
Steve Albini

Design is important, it’s an important dimension in the car. It’s not the only one.
Carlos Ghosn

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.
David Hockney

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humours.”
George Santayana

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black and the aesthete unoffended.
Raymond Loewy

Design is an unknown.
Geoffrey Beene

I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.
B. F. Skinner

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

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

Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.
D. H. Lawrence

The conclusion of design flows naturally from the data; we should not shrink from it; we should embrace it and build on it.
Michael Behe

The materials of city planning are: sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy.
Le Corbusier

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

Good design, at least part of the time, includes the criterion of being direct in relation to the problem at hand – not obscure, trendy, or stylish. A new language, visual or verbal, must be couched in a language that is already understood.
Ivan Chermayeff

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

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

A person should design the way he makes a living around how he wishes to make a life.
Charlie Byrd

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

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
Jamie Paolinetti

The engineer’s first problem in any design situation is to discover what the problem really is.
Anonymous

Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
Steve Jobs

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.
Paul Ran

Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.
David Lewis

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.
Freeman Dyson

Design is always about synthesis -synthesis of market needs, technology trends, and business needs.
Jim Wicks

Where you innovate, how you innovate, and what you innovate are design problems.
Tim Brown

Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all.
Douglas Martin

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

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

Design is the art of gradually applying constraints until only one solution remains.
Anonymous

It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
Steve Jobs

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 didn’t get into design to be an artist. To me, an artist creates things to evoke emotion. Being a designer goes a step further than that, not only trying to evoke emotion but trying to make a reaction. It is very objective-driven, and that’s what makes it interesting.
Mike Davidson