The details are not the details. They make the design.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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
Space is the breath of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Luck is the residue of design.
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.
Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.
Herbert A. Simon
I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.
Design is not for philosophy it’s for life.
Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.
I think it’s really important to design things with a kind of personality.
The primary factor is proportions.
Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
Designing is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth – intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling.
Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
Miguel de Cervantes
Good design doesn’t date.
A camel is a horse designed by committee.
Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.
Design is people.
Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all… good design must primarily serve people.
Thomas J. Watson
Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.
William Butler Yeats
Accessible design is good design.
Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
It’s all in how you arrange the thing… the careful balance of the design is the motion.
Sometimes I can’t figure designers out. It’s as if they flunked human anatomy.
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 urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.
I believe in empty spaces; they’re the most wonderful thing.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with white space. I don’t think it’s a problem to have a blank wall.
To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.
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.
Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
The artist in me cries out for design.
We design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us.
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.
Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture.
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 would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
Design is everything. Everything!
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.
About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth – it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations.
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.
Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
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.
I like stuff designed by dead people. The old designers. They always got it right because they didn’t have to grow up with computers. All of the people that made the spoon and the dishes and the vacuum cleaner didn’t have microprocessors and stuff. You could do a good design back then.
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.
I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body.
Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.
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.
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.
The space within becomes the reality of the building.
Frank Lloyd Wright
A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.
Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
Good design doesn’t date. Bad design does.
Good design is good business.
Thomas J. Watson
The proper study of mankind is the science of design.
Herbert A. Simon
I design for the woman who loves being a woman.
Diane von Furstenberg
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.
The design of each element should be thought out in order to be easy to make and easy to repair.
Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of every meeting in every single department.
I’m not like most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired. Most of the time, it’s on my walk to work, or sitting in the subway and seeing something random or out of context.
Sacred spaces can be created in any environment.
In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone.
Graphic design, which evokes the symmetria of Vituvius, the dynamic symmetry of Hambidge, the asymmetry of Mondrian; which is a good gestalt, generated by intuition or by computer, by invention or by a system of coordinates, is not good design if it does not communicate.
A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do.
I would think twice about designing stuff for which there was no need and which didn’t endure.
The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
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.
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
In the end, I hope there’s a little note somewhere that says I designed a good computer.
Perhaps believing in good design is like believing in God, it makes you an optimist.
Good design is good business.
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
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.
If I have a style, I am not aware of it.
This is what I like about being a designer: You can’t really get it until you see it.
Designs are increasingly winning competitions because they are literally green, and because somewhere they feature a small windmill.
Designers are very fickle. I never wanted to be a victim of that. You’re in one minute, out the next.
British innovation in design, in the creative arts, in engineering and manufacturing is world class.
I make spaces that are calm rather than confrontational. I seek a certain kind of logic that allows you to move in space and perceive it as beautiful and rational. Clarity is a worthwhile quality.
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.
I’m a designer, and I think if you work in fashion, you have to give people fantasy.
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.
Design is an unknown.
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.
So, to really execute design in its highest form and making people feel joy, that’s a great reward.
Buildings designed with careful attention to aesthetics arouse and enlighten their occupants and that promotes their good health.
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.
Everyday people are not very good designers.
Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
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.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Henry David Thoreau
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.
Art is to be free. Design is to fix.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Friedrich August von Hayek
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
The big difference between couture and ready-to-wear is not design. It is the fabrics, the handwork, and the fittings. The act of creation is the same.
Yves Saint Laurent
Gucci is not a fashion or a design house, it was always a trademark.
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.
Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.
We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code.
My hair is different than a lot of people’s. I like my hair. I like the fade. I like the little design I have. I’m cool with it. Obviously my hair is thin on top, so it looks like a bald spot, but I really could care less.
In order to design a future of positive change, we must first become expert at changing our minds.
Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living – a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever.
I’m not into fashion, but I like design. I wear the same shoes every day.
Tyler, The Creator
To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.
There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a few.
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.
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
The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.