Design Quotes

Posted by Vebra on May 25, 2012

The more minimal the art the more maximum the explanation.
- Hilton Kramer

Art is the desire of a man to express himself to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
- Franois Auguste Ren Rodin

Creativity is inventing experimenting growing taking risks breaking rules making mistakes and having fun.
- Mary Lou Cook

It's the duty of all novelists, all painters, all musicians, all people who try to make art move: to look for something they feel authentically, without paying attention to styles.
- Nathalie Sarraute

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

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

Design is where science and art break even.
- Robin Mathew

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.
- Joe Sparano

Designing a product is designing a relationship.
- Steve Rogers

Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.
- Ellen Lupton

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

Design is a means toward accomplishing the end goals of serving markets and generating profits. Furthermore, design is an element in social responsibility. Good design allows "form to complement performance." The way things look is not irrelevant to the way things work: how they work is how they should look.
- Thomas F. Schutte

Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn't theirs.
- Frank Chimero

Good design is good business.
- Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Design should never say, "Look at me." It should always say, "Look at this."
- David Craib

Every designers' dirty little secret is that they copy other designers' work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.
- Aaron Russell

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.
- Bruno Munari

The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.
- Marty Neumeier

Design is the search for a magical balance between business and art; art and craft; intuition and reason; concept and detail; playfulness and formality; Client and designer; designer and printer; and printer and public.
- Valerie Pettis

There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
- Massimo Vignelli

Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror.
- Juan-Carlos Fernàndez

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.
- Brian Reed

People ignore design that ignores people.
- Frank Chimero

Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.
- Mieke Gerritzen

I've always held to the belief that the practice of creating compelling graphic design occurs not by employing the principals of a democracy, but rather, that of a monarchy.
- Thomas Vasquez

Don't design for everyone. It's impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy.
- Leisa Reichelt

Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.
- Victor Papanek

Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Everyone makes design decisions all the time without realizing it-like Moliere's M. Jourdain who discovered he had been speaking prose all his life-and good design is simply the result of making these decisions consciously, at the right stage, and in consultation with others as the need arises.
- Douglas Martin

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

At a meta level, design connects the dots between mere survival and humanism.
- Erik Adigard

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration.
- Jeffrey Zeldman

Visual design is often the polar opposite of engineering: trading hard edges for subjective decisions based on gut feelings and personal experiences. It's messy, unpredictable, and notoriously hard to measure. The apparently erratic behavior of artists drives engineers bananas. Their decisions seem arbitrary and risk everything with no guaranteed benefit.
- Scott Stevenson

Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident.
- Robert L. Peters

The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.
- Marty Neumeier

People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It's not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn't know it was missing.
- Paola Antonelli

Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.
- Tate Linden

The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.
- Jeff Smith

Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.
- Edward Tufte

Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.
- Marty Neumeier

Design trends online change more often than the wind, and slightly less often than my socks.
- Suleiman Leadbitter

Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.
- Paul Rand

Design is intelligence made visible.
- Alina Wheeler

Math is easy. Design is hard.
- Jeffrey Veen

Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.
- Chris Pullman

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

Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
- Fabien Barral

Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work.
- Hans Höger

There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
- Massimo Vignelli

Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist.
- Noreen Morioka

I find modernist design boring, but it so much faster!
- Christine Suewon Lee

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
- Robert L. Peter

Design is about making things good (and then better) and right (and fantastic) for the people who use and encounter them.
- Matt Beale

It's art if can't be explained. It's fashion if no one asks for an explanation. It's design if it doesn't need explanation.
- Wouter Stokkel

Many desperate acts of design (including gradients, drop shadows, and the gratuitous use of transparency) are perpetuated in the absence of a strong concept.
- (unknown)

People think that design is how it looks, but it goes much deeper than that, it is actually how it works.
- Steve Jobs

Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.
- David Carson

A good idea provides a framework for design decisions, guiding the work.
- Noreen Morioka

The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. He new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.
- Paul Rand

Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
- Orson Welles

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

I would show my my jobs to my mother, and she would always say the same thing: "That's nice dear." And then she would say, "Did you write it?" or "Did you do the drawing?" or "Did you take the pictures?" I'd always answer "no," then I realized the problem. My answer was then, "I made this happen. It's called  design."
- Brian Webb

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

Many things difficult to design prove easy to perform.
- Samuel Johnson

The designer is a visually literate person, just as an editor is expected by training and inclination to be versed in language and literature, but to call the former an artist by occupation is as absurd as to refer to the latter as a poet.
- Douglas Martin

To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it's just planning.
- Ayse Birsel

It is easy to fail when designing an interactive experience. Designers fail when they do not know the audience, integrate the threads of content and context, welcome the public properly, or make clear what the experience is and what the audience's role in it will be.
- Edwin Schlossberg

Behavioral design is all about feeling in control. Includes: usability, understanding, but also the feel.
- Don Norman

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

Good design must be defined by appropriateness to audience and goals, and by its effectiveness, not by its adherence to Swiss design or the number of awards it wins.
- Drew Davies

A well-designed text will seem weightless after a time; the initial feel of the book fades away as the mind becomes engrossed in the words.
- Mandy Brown

Most (clients) expect experience design to be a discrete activity, solving all their problems with a single functional specification or a single research study. It must be an ongoing effort, a process of continually learning about users, responding to their behaviors, and evolving the product or service.
- Dan Brown

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