Design is more than just aesthetics; it is a powerful tool that shapes our world, influences our perceptions, and enhances our experiences. It is the art of problem-solving, creativity, and innovation, seamlessly blending form and function to create harmonious and impactful solutions. In this article, we delve into the captivating realm of design and present a collection of insightful quotes that illuminate its essence.
Unlocking the Essence of Design
Design is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses various disciplines, from graphic design and industrial design to architecture and fashion. It is a harmonious blend of artistry, functionality, and user-centered thinking. Through thoughtful design, we have the ability to communicate ideas, evoke emotions, and transform spaces, objects, and experiences.
Discovering the Power of Design: Quotes that Inspire
Throughout history, visionaries, designers, and artists have expressed their thoughts and philosophies on design, leaving behind a treasure trove of wisdom and inspiration. Their words encapsulate the transformative power of design and its impact on our lives. Below, we present a collection of thought-provoking quotes that shed light on different aspects of design, sparking creativity and igniting passion.
Acting isn’t for me. I don’t like being told what to do. I’m more interested in set design, more visually driven.
Pete Dye introduced me to golf course design back in the 1960’s. He came to my hometown Columbus, Ohio to work on The Golf Club.
‘Design’ is a word that’s come to mean so much that it’s also a word that has come to mean nothing.
By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size.
When I arrived at Harvard, I wanted to design a course in political theory that would have interested me, back when I was started out, in a way that the standard things didn’t.
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
When I meet celebrities, I have to know what they are like and only then can I design. The clothes have to fit their personality.
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.
Independent graphic novelists have already achieved good work in terms of design, but all these great minds are writing in English. There is a need for people to write in Hindi.
I design a lot of things that I wear onstage, but I’m always looking for unique stuff. I like creative things, so anything I can find at a secondhand costume shop to a Helmut Lang store, it doesn’t matter – just unique stuff.
Any set of decisions about design is inevitably influenced by cultural prejudice, no matter how intent an architect might be to avoid it.
There is great mystery in a church. For me, there is a great privilege to be confronted with the design of a church because it shelters the most powerful themes of humanity: birth, marriage, death.
My style is kind of eclectic and I don’t like to do the same thing over and over again. I like to have fun and explore myself so you won’t see the same design.
And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church, by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins.
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
The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you’re trying to design for. Leadership is exactly the same thing – building empathy for the people that you’re entrusted to help.
David M. Kelley
Everything we design is a response to the specific climate and culture of a particular place.
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.
The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons; to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.
I love design in general, the creativity. Whether it is golf courses, my apparel line, ads we do or our business with AriZona, design is fun.
I wish someone would ask me to design a cathedral.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Let’s be realistic, how many people are buying a $2,000 skirt? I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today.
It’s aggravating that Hollywood has never gotten credit for the role it played in promoting modern design.
I have never seen a game’s graphics look so sharp and clean. The sound design for the game is also unique on the Xbox. The memory on this system allowed us to provide the user with 5.1 Dolby surround sound for home theatre owners.
After the Great Depression and after public urging, a nationwide public competition was held to determine a design for a memorial that would honor President Thomas Jefferson’s bold vision for westward expansion for America.
Good design should be honest.
Graphic design is a hobby that I started with back in 2010-2011, which I am still doing today. And because of that, I was able to design my own stuff and designed my own logo.
Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical.
For much of its existence, design was all about convenience. We wanted to hide technology so that users are not distracted into thinking about the tools they use.
Gucci is not a fashion or a design house, it was always a trademark.
Nothing I do is by design. It’s always the result of a happy accident. I didn’t have a career plan. It has just become the way it is. It’s all good fun.
A true flag is not something you can really design. A true flag is torn from the soul of the people. A flag is something that everyone owns, and that’s why they work. The Rainbow Flag is like other flags in that sense: it belongs to the people.
I don’t know whether the universe contains any evidence of intelligent design, but I can assure you that thousands of everyday products do not.
Growing up, Guess always had these amazing billboards and cool affordable clothing. I wore it then, and I still wear it now! It’s come full-circle. When I design the clothes, I have a very good team around me, showing me different pieces and cuts.
The details are not the details. They make the design.
A person should design the way he makes a living around how he wishes to make a life.
In order to design a future of positive change, we must first become expert at changing our minds.
Design can successfully bind the ancient nomadic cultures with today’s global marketplace, ensuring the preservation of traditions and knowledge for further generations. This aspect of research is obviously rich in its business potential as well.
Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.
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.
It may sound ambitious, but I really hope that modern design will spread all around the globe.
Even when I was a little girl, I remember going to the Museum of Modern Art. I think my parents took me there once or twice. And what I really remember is the design collection.
I design my start-up ventures around my own personal beliefs and values.
I fervently believe in research as a necessity for good design, and I teach it that way.
When you design it, think how you would feel if you had to fly it! Safety first!
Donald Wills Douglas
Sustainability can’t be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.
In fashion design, you can divide people into two groups. You have people who come with an aesthetic that is there forever, even if it evolves. Then you have people I call ‘jumpers.’ One season it can be this; the next season it’s completely something else. I always knew I am more of a jumper.
The image, like the voice, came in stages. I never sat down with anyone and said, ‘Let’s design an image.’
The Constitution remains brilliant in its overall design and sound with respect to the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers. But there are numerous archaic provisions that inhibit constructive change and adaptation. These constitutional bits affect the daily life of the republic and every citizen in it.
Larry J. Sabato
I look at each episode in two ways – from a design standpoint and from an entertainment standpoint – this is TV, after all. We usually succeed on at least one of the levels.
With increasing fervor since the 1980s, sustainability has been the watchword of scientists, environmental activists, and indeed all those concerned about the complex, fragile systems on the sphere we inhabit. It has shaped debates about business, design, and our lifestyles.
Design is people.
Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.
There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy.
Case studies of failure should be made a part of the vocabulary of every engineer so that he or she can recall or recite them when something in a new design or design process is suggestive of what went wrong in the case study.
If you want to make computers that really work, create a design team composed only of healthy, active women with lots else to do in their lives, and give them carte blanche.
Design is everything. Everything!
I like to choreograph and create and design the costumes and do it all and then step back and watch it and then move on to the next project.
Abby Lee Miller
For me, if I can design beautiful things that have the price be lower, I am thrilled.
I think fashion is a lot of fun. I love clothes. More than fashion or brand labels, I love design. I love the thought that people put into clothes. I love when clothes make cultural statements and I think personal style is really cool. I also freely recognize that fashion should be a hobby.
Design is an unknown.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.
To me, design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort – so you can get on with the things that matter.
Why should we build very large spaces when they are not necessary? We can design halls spanning several kilometres and covering a whole city, but we have to ask, what does it really make? What does society really need?
If I was influenced by anything, it was architecture: structure having to do with logic. If you don’t do it right, the whole thing is going to cave in. In a certain sense, you can carry that to graphic design. Fortunately, however, nobody is going to die if you do it wrong.
It’s funny now how much we look at – whatever you want to call it: art, design, culture stuff, film – online, and how in the online world, you’re instantly global.
Design is a series of creative choices – it’s a collaborative effort, an evolutionary process. You choose your fabrics depending upon what you want to say, then you work with mills to get those fabrics. Through the process, you realize what you want it to be.
Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.
The difference between good design and great design is intelligence.
Developing games for the PC and consoles is all about everything and the kitchen sink. In many ways, you don’t have design decisions to make. You do it all. So I enjoy going back to making decisions about what’s important as I’m working on a game.
I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism.
The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis.
Lawrence M. Krauss
I always wanted to be an actor, but I always loved design, and growing up in New Orleans there was such great style, great architecture. I would decorate my little apartment in New York over and over again, because it only had a couple of rooms. And I did it for friends and family on the side just for fun.
In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
In software design, it’s all about making a guess, trying it, and then learning from the experience.
Informed clients are better clients, and they make for better design.
Technology is making design more exciting, with color, wallpaper, textures, fabrics that could never have been created without the technology.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
By no definition of any modern scientist is intelligent design science, and it’s a waste of our students’ time to subject them to it.
Lawrence M. Krauss
Anyone with a computer and a design program can create a page layout. But unless you’re trained in design, it won’t look very good and it won’t communicate very well.
I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that’s what I’d do. Or design clothes. I think I’d throw myself into whatever I’m doing now. It’s not about abandoning what I was doing before, or giving up. It’s about knowing that if I die tomorrow, I lived the way I wanted to.
There’s good movies and there’s bad movies. The genres are never dead, it’s just about how to apply them and articulate them and execute them – the story, the quality of the writing, the acting, the design elements, the directorial execution – all these things make it what it is.
Any design, whether it’s for a ship or an airplane, must be done in anticipation of potential failures.
When I design something, I think of it as a gift to somebody else.
When shooting in real spaces, the work of a cinematographer begins where location meets production design meets time of day. No movie light will ever look as real as the sun, so scheduling becomes truly paramount to naturalistic lighting.
Design is about creating spaces for people to enjoy and of course, creating moments where you elevate the spirit, but ‘design for good’ is figuring out a program that not only creates better spaces, but creates jobs, creates new industry and really kind of raises the conversation about how we rebuild.
I would love to design clothes. Bretman clothing would be a good reflection of my personality, with a super-extra, nonbinary, and non-gendered clothes that are made with quality sustainable fabrics.
One of my most memorable moments serving the community was after I built the Live Civil Playground in Haiti, and I visited an orphanage and gave away shoes to all the kids. I also sat with them and helped them design their shoes. The smiles on their faces were priceless.
When the Grateful Dead needed a quality sound system to deliver our sonic payload, I learned electronics and speaker design.
Throughout the country, I see the same design problems and solutions over and over.
Deep down, creationists realize they will never win factual arguments with science. This is why they have construed their own science-like universe, known as Intelligent Design, and eagerly jump on every tidbit of information that seems to go their way.
Frans de Waal
America glories in its tradition of the self-made individual. Political candidates compete to be a friend to entrepreneurs, and policymakers, imagining the next Microsoft or Google, design laws to back the innovator in the garage.
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.
By coincidence and not design, ‘Everstar’ is written and drawn by an all-female creative team, and it makes me smile to think that there may be young female readers out there, future writers and artists, who get to see that comics doesn’t have to be a ‘boys’ club.’
When you design a building, you start from a general philosophy, and you come down, and you start from detail and come up. Only the theoretical architect believes that you can make the concept and then sometime, somebody will come to build it.
Last year, Congress gave the Department of Defense the authority to design a new civilian personnel system for its employees as part of the defense authorization bill.
It is very important to lead the field and innovate in game design.
Boeing just took $20 billion and 10 years to improve the efficiency of their planes by 10 percent. That’s pretty lame. I have a design in mind for a vertical liftoff supersonic jet that would be a really big improvement.
I’ve wanted to design golf courses ever since I was a kid. I suppose it comes from the way I’ve played the game. To find the proper way to play any hole, I’ve always begun by asking myself what the architect has tried to do with it.
Buildings designed with careful attention to aesthetics arouse and enlighten their occupants and that promotes their good health.
I grew up as an artist. Science fiction allows for design and creatures and guns and all the stuff that I like as well. So I think most of the films I make, I’m sure, will be in that category. But I can also see myself making a film like ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and I could also totally do horror.
Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.
I prefer design by experts – by people who know what they are doing.
I have been wildly enthused about gaming since I was younger, and a career path I chose not to go down but did really consider was getting into programming and game design.
Great product trumps all. You can have the biggest marketing budget, the biggest show, a perfect merchandising plan, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t mean anything if the design and quality of the product you are offering is not compelling.
For some reason I have a visual intuition that allows me to design things in an interesting way, and I don’t know where that came from. Because I don’t have this formal training, I seem to drift in a different direction.
We are very proud of our design for the Transbay Transit Center. This will be a beautiful, functional and sustainable building for San Francisco.
My biggest word of advice that I could give to people that are dealing with a home renovation or decoration is to not think about design as it’s been presented to you before. I think everybody needs to start designing based on the moments they imagine having in their home and that is what has guided me as a decorator.
Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.
I think there is always a need for pure design. With pure design, you don’t need so much decoration.
The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.
Nike is the uniform for kids all over the world, and African design has been killed by Nike. Africans no longer want to wear their own designs.
After all, C++ isn’t a perfect match for Java’s design aims either.
I think gardens are fantastic, and I’d love to draw and design and stuff like that. I love just planting flowers during the summer. There’s something very humble about it, and natural and beautiful.
Proponents of intelligent design don’t accept that some of the very complex nanomachines that we have inside ourselves could have come about solely on the basis of natural selection.
I believe that human beings are born first and given passports later. I’m really thankful for my journey. And it’s a journey I didn’t design.
When I come to a design decision, people know that is that.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges facing our cities or to the housing crisis, but the two issues need to be considered together. From an urban design and planning point of view, the well-connected open city is a powerful paradigm and an engine for integration and inclusivity.
The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.
Diane von Furstenberg
It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.
I’m involved in everything from highly progressive lighting systems to airline interiors. In the field of transportation I can go from the micro to the macro: architecture, transportation, industrial product design, right across the board. It’s Russian dollism, because they all interrelate: one goes into the other.
Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code.
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
What’s nice about experiments is that they are much more closely tied to what theorists think about the world than normal empirical research. You can design your experiment to exactly ask the question you want to ask. This is not true about normal empirical research.
A lot of people don’t get it, but I design from the inside out so that the finished product looks inevitable somehow. I think it’s important to create spaces that people like to be in, that are humanistic.
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.
People believe the only alternative to randomness is intelligent design.
Design is an iterative process. One idea often builds on another.
I think it is really important to have a sense of business. As a designer you can get so wrapped up in the design and fashion side that you forget the business side.
I design to make women feel confident and beautiful.
A jellyfish is little more than a pulsating bell, a tassel of trailing tentacles and a single digestive opening through which it both eats and excretes – as regrettable an example of economy of design as ever was.
Unfortunately, the client that exists today is still pretty much the prototype design.
The dreaded phrase in design circles is ‘show and tell.’
Everything at Apple can be best understood through the lens of designing. Whether it’s designing the look and feel of the user experience, or the industrial design, or the system design, and even things like how the boards were laid out.
We thought it would be fun to try to design a show that would work well internationally and so that’ s what we’re intending to do with Fraggle Rock, and we are indeed now selling it around the world.
Design my own line? No, I just like the culture.
All brands, whether high-ticket luxury ones such as Cartier or Rolls-Royce or ‘masstige’ ones with luxe-y overtones but altogether more affordable, all want to grow. Even brands that may have started in a modestly niche design and lifestyle fashion can find themselves under pressure to go global or to sell out at the top.
In its report, the Cox Committee concludes that China is using stolen U.S. design information to speed up its deployment of a new nuclear missile force.
Can you design a Rorschach test that’s going to make everyone feel something every time – and that looks like a Rorschach test? It’s easy to show a picture of a kitten or a car accident. The question is, how abstract can you get and still get the audience to feel something when they don’t know what’s happening to them?
My design preference tends towards warmth, comfort, and minimalism.
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.
As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.
You can make people feel valued or cared for by design alone. It’s not purely about money. It’s about how we choose to value human experience.
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.
I am extremely excited to develop and design a brand representative of my life, experiences and style. Working closely with Cherokee will help establish a worldwide presence with best-in-class retailers and category leaders.
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.
If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likeable person.
Modern design becomes the eye catcher because it’s out of context, it is something newborn and fresh, something people have never seen before. I mean, that in itself is the way we should sort of stimulate the senses of society, this urban condition.
The interesting thing is when we design and architect a server, we don’t design it for Windows or Linux, we design it for both. We don’t really care, as long as we’re selling the one the customer wants.
But, alas! what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
Write out the story – rapidly, fluently, and not too critically – following the second or narrative-order synopsis. Change incidents and plot whenever the developing process seems to suggest such change, never being bound by any previous design.
H. P. Lovecraft
Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of every meeting in every single department.
Through no divine design or cosmic plan, we have inherited the mantle of life’s caretaker on the earth, the only home we have ever known.
I am interested in the idea of ‘taste.’ And by ‘taste,’ I mean opinion, inspiration and the craft of creating a personality through fabric and design.
Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.
Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be.
Game design is a funny thing. There are people out there who are really good at it, but it’s not clear that they can teach it. It’s a very intuitive process. It’s an art.
Luis von Ahn
My strengths as a businessman lie in the design and sale of women’s shoes, and I have never been comfortable with complicated or technical legal or business documents.
I studied to be an architect. And I find tremendous similarities between building a company and the design process. Businesses have to do their planning on the fly in a fashion similar to an architect sketching.
I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design.
I was at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver for four years, and I loved it.
Gucci has always represented great design and contemporary lifestyle.
Bottom line: government shouldn’t be a bottleneck for entrepreneurs looking to design a better mousetrap.
A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.
By divine design, men and women are intended to progress together toward perfection and a fulness of glory. Because of their distinctive temperaments and capacities, males and females each bring to a marriage relationship unique perspectives and experiences.
David A. Bednar
The fears you do not face become your walls. Most people in business, and in their personal lives, design everything so they can avoid doing what makes them feel uncomfortable. Yet any good business person knows we are not only paid to work, but also we are paid to be scared.
Robin S. Sharma
Few developments central to the history of art have been so misrepresented or misunderstood as the brief, brave, glorious, doomed life of the Bauhaus – the epochally influential German art, architecture, crafts, and design school that was founded in Goethe’s sleepy hometown of Weimar in 1919.
The design of a dress, furniture, a house, a room, a street and a city are all the same process.
If I have a style, I am not aware of it.
I’m also interested in pets with alopecia. And design. I’m surprised I haven’t gone through with a homeware brand. The bedding, the comforters, the candles, the this and that. I would like to design everything.
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
I have had this view of the optimization of the electrode design for a long time. Historically we went through various phases in the work and eventually worked on large sheets – very large sheets – of palladium.
I was a cartoonist when I was at university, but I decided to go into movie making knowing that I could still draw by doing movies, design work, story boards, and such.
For all the drama we all have with our families and all the tension and hostility, I couldn’t have done this without my family. Being the people that they are – they’re crazy – made it possible for me to be crazy and to live a lifestyle of my own design.
I have a secret thought from some things I have observed, that God may perhaps design you for some singular service in the world.
I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve the education of the poor, and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution of a society or committee for that purpose, it would render the design abortive.
Through our evolution, we’re so specialized for social interaction. So, if you can really design robots that can interact with people, in this very natural, interpersonal way, I think that would be great. You wouldn’t have to have people read manuals, in order to operate them.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
The future of design is a future where anything material in the environment – whether it’s wearables, cars, buildings – can be designed with this variation of properties and relationship with the environment that can take part in the natural ecology.
I majored in fashion design in school, and I have always wanted to design my own line of clothing, jewelry, and stuff like that; so this was just a step for me in that direction.
I wanted to design a museum in which everything would seem clear.
If I designed a computer with 200 chips, I tried to design it with 150. And then I would try to design it with 100. I just tried to find every trick I could in life to design things real tiny.
What made Louis Vuitton famous was the quality. We don’t do marketing; we just create products which are exceptional in their design and craftsmanship.
The genome was once thought to be just the blueprint for a living organism, like a combination of the architect’s plan for a building and the builder’s list of supplies. It specified the parts, the building blocks, and, somehow, the design of the whole, the way in which they are to be put together.
Things like anatomy and drawing and design and color had pretty much been drop-kicked out of the curriculum in the ’70s, when I was studying art, in favor of abstraction and minimalism.
I love fashion, and I’ve always wanted to do costume design, but I’m in jeans and T-shirts most of the time.
In the end, it’s clear that the incorporation of synthetic biology in product and architectural design will enable the transition from designs that are inspired by nature to designs made with and by nature to, possibly, designing nature herself.
The proper study of mankind is the science of design.
Herbert A. Simon
At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.
Airplanes were invented by natural selection. Now you can say that intelligent design designs our airplanes of today, but there was no intelligent design really designing those early airplanes. There were probably at least 30,000 different things tried, and when they crash and kill the pilot, don’t try that again.
Genome design is going to be a key part of the future. That’s why we need fast, cheap, accurate DNA synthesis, so you can make a lot of iterations of something and test them.
London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design.
The aim of being a good designer is to have an influence. If you design furniture or lifestyle, you should influence the way people evolve globally. It’s good to have an influence.
If you only design menus that are essentially junk or fast food, the whole infrastructure supports junk.
Puma was all about function and not at all about design. The founder of the company always believed functionality and performance were the only ingredients that could make Puma successful and design never mattered.
I’d already decided I wanted to design shoes after I saw a sign in the Museum of African and Oceanic Art forbidding high heels. Well, who could resist?
Design is the courage and brilliance to cover an original and make it different.
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.
The sky is a free asset in design, and nothing unnecessary should be planted that takes away the sky.
Rachel Lambert Mellon
A bridge is born of necessity, but it must establish its own identity. It should harmonize with its surroundings, and the design must transcend the purely local and transform the setting.
Species go extinct because there are historical contraints built into a given body or a given design.
Victor Papenack, who was teaching design, had his students making radios for a penny each that could be shipped to Third World people.
The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very, style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary productions of earlier and later times.
We want to have a relationship with technology that gives us back choice about how we spend time with it, and we’re going to need help from designers, because knowing this stuff doesn’t help. We’re going to need design help.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
The problem with State of the Union speeches is that they are, by their nature and design, alphabet soup. It’s hard to know what a president really cares about when they run down a laundry list and check every issue box under the sun for fear they will offend some constituency if they don’t.
At age 12 or 13, I wanted to design for showgirls – for the theater!
About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
I didn’t want to be an actor. I wanted to design historical movies like ‘Ben-Hur’. I saw this as my life.
Design is inherently optimistic. That is its power.
I’m fascinated by furniture design and interiors, and I want to try designing all that stuff.
I write the way you might arrange flowers. Not every try works, but each one launches another. Every constraint, even dullness, frees up a new design.
I’ve come up through art school, through painting, through graphic design, through advertising, through TV commercials and music video. I’ve designed books, built billboards, matchbooks, corporate identities. I continuously paint, I’ve done conceptual art pictures.
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.
Nearly all inventions are not recognised for their positive side either when they’re made. So, for example, scientists didn’t go out to design a CD machine: they designed a laser. But we got all sorts of things from a laser which we never remotely imagined, and we’re still finding things for a laser to do.
There are two kinds of designers: ones who are very happy locked in their office surrounded by their coterie. The last thing they need to do is to go to a trunk show; they’d go running for the hills. I not only enjoy it, I think, how do you design things that are applicable to life – unless you live it?
I don’t have a background in design, so I think it’s always about what I see in the world and what inspires me. So yes, I am designing for myself. I’m going through this whole evolution, which is a process of growing up and going from modeling to styling to designing.
Britain’s great strength is its innovative, design and engineering natural ability and we’re not using it.
AppStudio is a native app builder that allows you to build the app and automatically deploy it on Android, iPhone, and Windows. It lets you design it once and then implement it anywhere.
Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that.
I won’t give up my day job of design.
Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.
I want to design jewelry for girls and guys… I’ma spread it out, but I’ma design, probably when I’m just designing furniture and buildings, I’ll probably being the jewelry thing, too.
Tyler, The Creator
Market design is about understanding the details of markets in sufficient detail so that we can help fix them when they are broken.
Alvin E. Roth
I love graphic design. I love working with design, and I love storytelling, so I’ve been working on a children’s book for a while, and I’d like to see that through.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
People say I design architectural icons. If I design a building and it becomes an icon, that’s ok.
Every actor wants to win an Oscar, full stop. It doesn’t mean you try to design things around how to accomplish that because that’s impossible.
I’m a total control freak and love to participate in the design of every single aspect of life.
My affliction has been… I can make something or draw something or design something better than I can explain it.
I design my shots. I walk the rehearsal as the camera and say ‘this is where I want to be… I want this look.
I am going to design… a Station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc.
Isambard K. Brunel
It was by design that we mostly used pictures that you could not necessarily see what was going on, and that didn’t really focus in on the band, but instead focused in on a theme.
Ultimately we may still ask, why can’t humans design a perfect society?
I changed the layout of comic books in general. When I came in, layout design wasn’t really part of what you did. It was all just panels, panels, panels. So when I came in, I thought, ‘Nah, let’s change that,’ and I designed the page.
I went to my boss, and I said, ‘Look, I’d like to design these ties because I think they could be new.’ He said, ‘The world isn’t ready for Ralph Lauren.’ I never forgot that because… I thought that was a compliment.
Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
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.
I do very little industrial design. I’m asked a lot, but I certainly don’t see myself as an industrial designer.
I want young people to be able to buy into what I design. When I was young, I wanted to buy designer brands even if all I could afford was the cheapest wallet, the cheapest pen, the cheapest T-shirt because I wanted to be a part of it.
I don’t like the idea that the first preparation when you start to design your building has to put your label. I think this is not fair. It’s not fair to the building or to the people, to the client, because every building tells a different story.
So we originally expected to make about 35 gigawatt hours at the cell level and about 50 gigawatt hours at the module or pack level. Now we are expecting to do about 150 gigawatt hours in the same volumetric space as the original design.
The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.
Marc Jacobs is full of creative people and Louis Vuitton is again a name on the door, a name that has existed for many years but I’m a collaborator there and I bring in other people, other artists and I work with a great creative design team.
How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design?
The principal and only way to make an heirloom product is to design something that people will need not just this year, but for the next 50 or 100 years.
Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature.
I design from instinct. It’s the only way I know how to live. What feels good. What feels right. What is needed. Give me a problem and I will approach it creatively, from my gut.
A greater focus on design in all new homes would make the best use of land, create homes and public spaces, and reinforce the structures of urban life.
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.
Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
I have lived with my husband more than I have with my parents… I live beside him, and know his worries, his hopes, and his dreams for his nation. We believe that things happen by design, not in an arbitrary way. And we believe it is our duty to make things happen.
Moza bint Nasser
When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.
NPR editors and journalists found themselves caught in a game of trying to please a leadership team who did not want to hear stories on the air about conservatives, the poor, or anyone who didn’t fit their profitable design of NPR as the official voice of college-educated, white, liberal-leaning, upper-income America.
I live in a craftsman house, but I’m a big fan of modernist and mid-century furniture and architecture, too. But my dream is to do a truly original chair design, something that is all these different things but is my own, too.
Three years ago the Government announced the creation of Reconciliation Place, and said that it would include a memorial to those removed from their families. However, they refused to include any of those who were removed in the design of their own memorial.
We do have a two against one rule. If two sisters feel very strongly about a design or trend we want to try, we go for it.
There is a new hunger in the air for automotive design and looking to where automobiles are going in the future. Tesla will capture this through good design and engineering.
Franz von Holzhausen
After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.
The principle of the design – the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
We should always look upon ourselves as God’s servants, placed in God’s world, to do his work; and accordingly labour faithfully for him; not with a design to grow rich and great, but to glorify God, and do all the good we possibly can.
I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots.
Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I don’t design cars. I’m not a designer. I know what I desire to be built, I know what the end result is, the horsepower, the competition we’ll be working against – but I leave it to the people who work with me to put it all together. I don’t do anything.
Good design doesn’t date. Bad design does.
I studied video game design. The one thing I knew for sure about myself is I didn’t want to study acting.
My graphic design skills are superior to a lot of other things I can do; I use it as a part of my tool kit.
I learned that the first technology appeared in the form of stone tools, 2.6 million years ago. First entertainment comes evidence from flutes that are 35,000 years old. And evidence for first design comes 75,000 years old – beads. And you can do the same with your genes and track them back in time.
I started collecting aerial photographs of Native American and South Pacific architecture; only the African ones were fractal. And if you think about it, all these different societies have different geometric design themes that they use. So Native Americans use a combination of circular symmetry and fourfold symmetry.
I was in college, and very disappointed. I majored in commercial art and interior design for three or four years. At that time, it seemed the thing I really wanted to do, production design, just wasn’t available in the U.K., so I turned to music.
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.
So, to really execute design in its highest form and making people feel joy, that’s a great reward.
I’ve found that people who design computers don’t know a lot about displays.
Mary Lou Jepsen
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.
The demise of Google Reader, if logical, is a reminder of how far we’ve come from the cuddly old ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Google days, in which there was a foreseeably-astonishing delight in the way Google’s evolving design tricks anticipated what users would like.
The design of a city is like a strange archeology.
I employ case studies of failure into my courses, emphasizing that they teach us much more than studies of success. It is not that success stories cannot serve as models of good design or as exemplars of creative engineering. They can do that, but they cannot teach us how close to failure they are.
I was one of the more talented ones at the design firm I joined, so I conducted my work pretty shrewdly. Except I wasn’t a morning person, so I was quite frequently late for work. On top of that, it was a fairly big company, they were fussy about the dress code, and I got chewed out quite often.
I am a fashion designer. I’m not an environmentalist. When I get up in the morning, number one I’m a mother and a wife, and number two I design clothes. So the main thing I need to do is create, hopefully, exquisitely beautiful, desirable objects for my customer.
I don’t act, I don’t direct, I don’t design.
I’m a designer, and I think if you work in fashion, you have to give people fantasy.
The federal debt in this country is principally of Republican design.
Daniel Keys Moran
Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes.
The essence of architecture is form and space, and light is the essential element to the key to architectural design, probably more important than anything. Technology and materials are secondary.
I. M. Pei
Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.
William Butler Yeats
You have to have talent to design and to dress thousands of women or millions of women around the world. And you know very well, the only thing they want is to look more beautiful.
The very best design, I feel, is that which resonates so deeply that people can’t help but discover something within themselves when they see it.
The key to making things affordable is design and technology improvements, as well as scale.
I have a background in graphic design and have been designing t-shirt graphics for years.
It is sad that so many designers don’t know how to make. CAD software can make a bad design look palatable! It is sad that four years can be spent on a 3D design course without making anything! People who are great at designing and making have a great advantage.
At some point in your life, if you’re lucky, you get to design the way in which things evolve.
If a course needs to be in great condition to be played effectively, then the design strategy is flawed.
In any case, his judgment and set of values, acting alone or through his assistants, determine not only what is gold and what is dross but the design of the history which he creates out of the metal. The historian decides what is significant, and what is not.
Samuel E. Morison
But my point is that you design something in the end that precludes any unhealthy trading practices that are not going to serve your environmental or your economic objectives but now is not the time to do it.
I don’t particularly follow the Bauhaus school of design, where you make everything into a black box – simplify it.
Wherever you are, design your life. Live the values of your generation.
I had talked for years about doing a restaurant with Rocky Dudum, who’s been my friend since I first came to San Francisco. Then Rocky’s son, Jeff, said he wanted to design it, so he traveled around the country to sports restaurants like Mickey Mantle’s and Michael Jordan’s, and he came up with a great concept.
I would like to design what people generally call streetwear. I’d like to dress skateboarders, or whatever the older equivalent of skateboarders are. I pay more attention to that stuff than anyone would ever imagine because I’m watching what the designers do.
The design of each element should be thought out in order to be easy to make and easy to repair.
The space within becomes the reality of the building.
Frank Lloyd Wright
I decided to go to school for advertising and graphic design. That was what I was gonna do but acting is that thing, it’s like a splinter in your mind and you can’t get rid of it. So I decided to move to L.A. a few years ago and it just snowballed into this thing called ‘The Hunger Games.’
Organisms by their design are not made to adapt too far.
Precisely because intelligent design does not turn the study of biological origins into a Bible-science controversy, intelligent design is a position around which Christians of all stripes can unite.
William A. Dembski
No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with anything like English, Mandarin, or any of the more than six thousand languages spoken today.
Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.
No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.
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.
If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings.
We look at life from the back side of the tapestry. And most of the time, what we see is loose threads, tangled knots and the like. But occasionally, God’s light shines through the tapestry, and we get a glimpse of the larger design with God weaving together the darks and lights of existence.
If you don’t have an emotionally engaging design for a device, no one will care about it.
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.
I design for myself and the first question I ask is, ‘Would I wear it?’
Economic engineering is about the design and analysis of frameworks for achieving specific economic objectives.
I’ve always loved interior design.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We’re going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
Franz von Holzhausen
From the outset, MoMA followed the Bauhaus’s strict prohibition against design that even hinted at the decorative, a prejudice that skewed the pioneering museum’s view of Modernism for decades.
To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.
When I announced the development of Perl 6, I said it was going to be a community design. I designed Perl, myself. It’s limited by my own brain power. So I wanted Perl 6 to be a community design.
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.
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.’
I was very much inspired by the things that I’d seen and done in politics, but I was also desperate for a complete departure from the reality of my political experience. ‘It’s Classified’ and my previous book ‘Eighteen Acres’ are both works of fiction, but if they do seem realistic, it’s by design.
Design is thinking made visual.
I design for the inspiring, stylish women I meet every day. I try not to look around or be distracted by what other people are creating. I make jewelry that I want to keep for years to come and I really love what I do!
I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.
Many are ready, when listening to the inventor, to belittle and deny his achievements so that he will no longer be heard in honourable places, but after some months or a year, they use the inventor’s words in speech or writing or design.
Gaming in general is a male thing. It isn’t that gaming is designed to exclude women. Everybody who’s tried to design a game to interest a large female audience has failed. And I think that has to do with the different thinking processes of men and women.
There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.
There is no city in America that has reduced crime as much as we have in the last three years. This is not the product of accident. This is the product of design.
All I’ve ever wanted to do is design and make; it’s what I love doing.
I enjoy trying to inspire myself. I enjoy the artistic side of everything. Music, art, fashion, everything. I just like to be on the cutting edge of it. I’m into designing houses and interior design. I like change. I like creating things out of nothing.
I do love DVD and I’ve always taken them seriously. You know, on the Austin things, we really put a ton of work into them because there’s so much design involved. And in this one, we thought a lot about it and what could go in.
I was going to design sports cars, but my father came to my college to visit me. At the time he was making a picture in Sweden and he took me there with him. I got to see Ingmar Bergman’s company and I thought, ‘Gee, filmmaking is a lot more fun than sports cars,’ so I decided to follow him and go into acting.
You all know that each title in the Chronicles has a chess theme; that’s partly because of the overall design of the Chronicles themselves – the game of chess as an analogue of the game of life.
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.
The level of detail and craft is something that’s inscribed within the original design concept. And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have.
The emphasis and value on ideas and original thinking is an innate part of British culture, and in many ways, that describes the traditions of design.
Don’t feel you have to buy something to sit in or at. Buy something you are emotionally attached to and build your design around that. One Matisse cutout poster could provide you with your whole color scheme!
By means of tracing-paper I transfer my design to the wood and draw on that.
I create mood boards, and then we source fabrics and design the dresses. We are trend-led but also do our own thing! I want women to feel fabulous in our creations.
I believe consistency and orthogonality are tools of design, not the primary goal in design.
Perhaps I’d like to design cars, but I don’t think I’d be much good at it.
Readers always seem to think that the author has some control over the design of their books.
One of the best animated films I’ve seen come out of Disney was the Tarzan movie. I wasn’t crazy about the story or the design on Tarzan’s face, but the traditional animation was spectacular.
When I first started my graphic design career, and ‘Beach Culture’ magazine, I pretty much ran from the surfer label. It was hard to get people to take you seriously.
I’m into designing houses and interior design. I like change. I like creating things out of nothing.
Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.
So that ideas of sort of relaxed symmetry have been something for years that I have been concerned with because I think that symmetry is a neutral shape as opposed to a form of design.
I like to paint my own helmets. I design my own suit and boots, I like being unique in that way.
Good design to me is both appearance and functionality together. It’s the experience that makes it good design.
Although my art work was heavily informed by my design work on a formal and visual level, as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.
I do quite like Gehry’s Guggenheim. But where in Bilbao it’s seen as an outgrowth of years of investment in urban design and engineering, in Britain it’s seen as the catalyst for urban regeneration rather than the icing on the cake.
I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.
I always design a landscape with fixed horizons whether it be mountains or a stone wall around a 20-foot-square plot.
Rachel Lambert Mellon
Space is the breath of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Design and branding are inextricably linked to the way in which society, culture, the environment, and business interact.
What I’ve learned from different designers is that it’s key to be true to who you are and your vision. That’s always been my line of thinking. Working through the whole design process, I don’t want to create something I wouldn’t be proud to wear.
I don’t separate architecture, design, or culture. What’s more important is a language of creativity that carries meaning.
I almost went to Central Saint Martins for fashion design. I deferred for a year when I graduated high school so that I could go model and make some money and immerse myself in the fashion industry for a year.
I had been impressed by the fact that biological systems were based on molecular machines and that we were learning to design and build these sorts of things.
K. Eric Drexler
Kanye West is a brilliant poet and artist. He and I work in a very similar way. We feel the vibration, the power of something, and it inspires us to create, whether it is music or design. It is the same process. Working with Kanye is a joy and great privilege. In 2012, we did collaboration together.
Good design is good business.
Thomas J. Watson
God is His own Design and End, and that there is no other Worthy of Him.
Design, by definition, is an eco-friendly activity, as its aim is to create objects which are meaningful and durable. Trends always cost resources, but a true designer creates wares which will remain relevant forever.
Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it’s not a product; it’s an understanding of human nature.
The United States government first learned of the diversion of the W-88 nuclear warhead design in late 1995.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it’s difficult to quantify the attachment.
Magazines that depend on photography, and design, and long reads, and quality stuff, are going to do just fine despite the Internet and cable news.
I began doing writing projects and art and design projects to explore a new way of seeing Canada. Roots is one more way of continuing this exploration. I want to present a wide-open Canadian sense of color, adventure, communication and openness that defines our country.
The only thing Martha and I have in common is that we both used to model. Martha Stewart is extremely talented. Her designs are picture perfect. Our philosophy is life is messy, and rather than being afraid of those messes we design products that work the way we live.
I design things to help people to hopefully express their personality.
We worked with the engineers in the design and construction and testing phases in those various areas, then we would get back together at the end of the week and brief each other as to what had gone on.
There are people who design buildings that are not technically and financially good, and there are those who do. Two categories – simple.
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.
The point is that I don’t design stuff for myself. I’m a toolmaker. I design things that other people want to use.
With couture, you feel obligated to design something modern each season, but with Theyskens Theory, I don’t question anything. I’m thinking of what I’d like to wear.
I wasn’t supposed to run as much as I did in the NFL. But it turned out that all that scrambling I had done in college became necessary in the NFL. It wasn’t by design. It was because I was running for my life!
There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a few.
It was Einstein’s dream to discover the grand design of the universe, a single theory that explains everything. However, physicists in Einstein’s day hadn’t made enough progress in understanding the forces of nature for that to be a realistic goal.
Longhorns are unique – each and every one of them is a different color with a different design.
I oftentimes say that I design my collections off my phone. I’m in a group chat with my team in Milan. I copy and paste. I draw. I look at trends. I don’t really have an assistant. It’s a modern way of working. I don’t know if it’s sustainable, but it’s how I do it.
It’s a Japanese way of thinking, that I give value for my merchandise. So I don’t want to sell unnecessarily expensive dresses and make just 10 or 20 and then feel satisfied. I want to design for real women who can afford my dresses.
I love HGTV. I love working on my house and have really been bit by the ‘luxury remodeling’ bug. ‘Million Dollar Rooms,’ ‘Million Dollar Listing’… any show that can give me design inspiration, I soak it in and try my hand at it. Home Depot is my second home!
Mother Nature has been the best bioengineer in history. Why not harness the evolutionary process to design proteins?
There is a group of individuals who are radical jihadists. We need to call them by name. They believe it is OK to kill people in the name of their religion. It is not all of Islam. It is not all Muslims. But there is a subgroup who believe it is OK. In fact, it is their plan and design to kill people.
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.
There is a voice, and there is a DNA to how I design.
There were IBM logos designed for the film, and there were IBM design consultants working with Kubrick on the layout of the controls and computer screens.
Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.
Your neighbors will be envious of your 3D printer – and if they’re not, just print new neighbors. Design them so they’ll like to bring you pies, maybe, or want to do your yard work for you.
W. Bruce Cameron
And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Initially, it was the unpractical in fashion that brought me to design my own line. I felt that it was much more attractive to cut clothes with respect for the living, three-dimensional body rather than to cover the body with decorative ideas.
I’d like to do a lot of things – whether in design or architecture or business.
I love math. I have little secret number tattoos everywhere. I design them.
There are two methods in software design. One is to make the program so simple, there are obviously no errors. The other is to make it so complicated, there are no obvious errors.
Many, many times I find that whatever is looking good on the screen doesn’t always look or feel good on the body. So who do we design for – do we design for the screen, or do we design for women?
If I wanted to do clothes or if I wanted to make a building or design a choreography, you are able to do that – they are all under a similar kind of design umbrella.
While I was at college studying design I decided to paint. I was also greatly inspired by the colours that I had seen on my travels in the Brazilian Rain forest.
Sacred spaces can be created in any environment.
I am extremely involved in the design process of both my brands, Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960.
It’s about the power of design and the power of the human spirit. It’s above paying anybody to do something stupid for money like reality television does – like ambushing people.
I had always wanted to expand to beauty, but I knew I wanted to be able to translate my design aesthetic in an authentic way.
You drift through life and let things happen to you, or go by design and say, ‘This is what I’m intended to do.’
I wanted to be a decorator. I wanted to interior design homes and do everything myself.
In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone.
There is not necessarily a good reason why a regulator should have to be involved in product design and marketing for rich and sophisticated investors. We recommend that such investors should be able to sign a piece of paper, which allows them to go ahead and buy unregulated products at their own risk.
That was always my frustration with so many of these shows, because design is not an ambush… it’s a relationship. You have to know how people move and live and work to be able to design for them.
When I came to MIT, there were four rubrics: science, art, design, and technology. And as you entered your degree, whether it was a master’s or a Ph.D., if you were a citizen in one domain, you were a traveler in the other.
I think design means, for me, almost when man, back in time, decided to do something conscious. You know… to shape something and make something different from just using things that were lying around. So whoever designed the wheel were onto a good thing.
For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind.
This is very much my philosophy as a fashion designer. I have never believed in design for design’s sake. For me, the most important thing is that people actually wear my clothes. I do not design for the catwalk or for magazine shoots – I design for customers.
As a designer, design director or any creative person, you have to hire great people, support them and make them feel comfortable so they can contribute and give you their best.
Design is about creating spaces for people to enjoy and of course, creating moments where you elevate the spirit, but ‘design for good’ is figuring out a program that not only creates better spaces, but creates jobs, creates new industry and really kind of raises the conversation about how we rebuild.
Luckily I don’t have to buy shoes anymore, because I design them! I’m off tour, so I can dive in and create the shoes that I want for my line. But okay, I did buy a pair of vintage combat boots because they were so beaten up – I had to have them.
Architects feel empowered to give opinions about politics and sociology and philosophy without knowing much about it. Kind of in the same way that they think they can design furniture or fashion or utensils for dining.
I rarely go into a shop on holiday, because fashion and design are what I’m involved in every day. I need another world.
Safety is not just about trying really hard and being really careful. You have to design technology that makes it possible for a computer to be safe.
If we don’t have accurate information, if we are not able to tell difficult truth one to another, we will never be able to effectively design a policy for Iraq.
For me, I’ve always believed that there was a God. I’ve always believed that God created the heavens and earth – so, for me it’s not a huge leap from there to intelligent design.
I believe in empty spaces; they’re the most wonderful thing.
Be intentional with your space. Don’t be afraid to step on a limb and design your home the way you love it.
I learn my lines while on the golf course. I try to do two or three things at once. I have ideas for books all the time, I have ideas for paintings all the time, and I write them all down. I take my sketchpad and my iPad, which I design on, and I do sit down and do specific tasks at specific times.
We tell stories with maps about global warming, biodiversity; we can design more livable cities, track the spread of epidemics. That makes a difference.
I’m constantly thinking about design, shapes, patterns and colors, so I just want to be more of a blank canvas. But there is a comfort in knowing what you’re going to wear, and that probably comes from Catholic school, where I wore a uniform for 10 years.
The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution.
Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.
I turned my hand to costume design a few years ago when I created the outfits for ‘This Is the Sea,’ with Richard Harris and Samantha Morton. It’s a very different discipline to being a fashion designer, though – you have to rein in your own vision and work to a tight brief.
I do believe that there are some universal cognitive tasks that are deep and profound – indeed, so deep and profound that it is worthwhile to understand them in order to design our displays in accord with those tasks.
Design is a tool that either allows us to create new markets or disrupt existing ones.
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.
Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the gag comes to you in the middle of it. That is when you start working on the solution of the gag, which is composition, placing, equilibrium, and character design.
I love French auto design of the early ’50s, ’60s, early ’70s of Citorens, Renaults, and Peugeots. They’re so unique.
I’ve learned a tremendous amount over the years by watching designers work. I now have a good understanding of what sits well on the body, not to mention the importance of a great cut and quality.
In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.
I don’t believe in planning for things. I just want them to fall in place, unfold as they like. I never design things. I want films to choose me; I don’t choose films.
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.
I like the gritty parts of fashion, the design, the studio, the pictures.
I don’t design houses with the nuclear family idea because I don’t believe in it as a concept.
I help design my own tennis clothes.
I like to find areas where design has not yet gone.
Data and data sets are not objective; they are creations of human design. We give numbers their voice, draw inferences from them, and define their meaning through our interpretations.
When nearly a third of our high school students do not graduate on time with their peers, we have work to do. We must design our middle and high schools so that no student gets lost in the crowd and disconnected from his or her own potential.
Decisions are the frequent fabric of our daily design.
When you work with web design companies in San Francisco, you end up with a bunch of twenty-somethings who have their own cultural peculiarities, including obscurity for its own sake. You give those guys a website for a banking institution and they screw it up, because they are designing for themselves.
What can we learn from the battle between data and design? What can we learn from the relationship between Google and Apple? Clearly no one school of thought is right: Apple and Google are both wildly successful and profitable companies that changed the world.
I’ve always thought that design can have equal importance to the idea of internal architecture. Professionally, things can be very dogmatic – you do the architecture, someone else does the interiors, someone else does the furniture, the fabric, etc. But I think design is all-encompassing.
I design all my sets. With my tour and my album artwork, I co-design that with people who are better at drawing than me. But I’ve got a good imagination. I went to art school so I understand how to communicate my ideas.
The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.
I just like music that sounds like music. Not like machines and computers and things that you design to make things sound slick and perfect.
In the design process, there’s a need to be culturally comprehensive.
Dries van Noten
You can be a mason and build 50 buildings, but it doesn’t mean you can design one.
Design and style should work toward making you look good and feel good without a lot of effort so you can get on with the things that matter.
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.’
It was something I was more interested in myself. When I went to see my sister dance at ballet, I was really into costumes and the arts, and my family was also supportive of whatever me and my sister wanted to do. I would say I pushed myself the most to be into design.
In conclusion, design is an art form that transcends boundaries and leaves a lasting impact on our lives. It is a catalyst for innovation, a medium for self-expression, and a source of inspiration. As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, let us embrace the words of design visionaries who remind us of the immense potential that lies within this creative discipline. May these quotes fuel your creativity, ignite your passion for design, and empower you to create meaningful and transformative experiences through your own unique vision.