Selected Quotes about Design

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -- Douglas Adams

Interior design is a travesty of the architectural process and a frightening condemnation of the credulity, helplessness and gullibility of the most formidable consumers—the rich. -- Stephen Bayley

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

To dismiss front-end design as mere ‘icing’ is to jeopardize the success of any site. -- Curt Cloninger

To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master. -- Milton Glaser

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

In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. 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

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

ARCHITECTURE, n: The art of how to waste space. -- Philip Johnson

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. -- Paul Rand

Luck is the residue of design. -- Branch Rickey

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. -- Mies van der Rohe

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

Architecture in general is frozen music. -- F.W.J. Schelling

Form follows function. -- Louis Henri Sullivan

In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight. -- Henry Watton

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

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