Design? Great Quotes

by morag cook on July 6th, 2012


Practice safe design: Use a concept.
Petrula Vrontikis

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein

There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.
Massimo Vignell


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

A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.
 Brenda Laurel/p>

Our opportunity, as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple.
Tim Parsey

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 Exupéry

“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”
Marcel Duchamp

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

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

The dumbest mistake is viewing design as something you do at the end of the process to ‘tidy up’ the mess, as opposed to understanding it’s a ‘day one’ issue and part of everything.
Tom Peters

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

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

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”
David Craib

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

Design is where science and art break even.
Robin Mathew

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

Designing a product is designing a relationship.
Steve Rogers


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