Top 500+ Best Designer Quotes That Will Inspire You To Make Something New

Written by Vishal for Factober


October 14, 2020

500+ Designer Quotes

Designers are the most creative people, who think or dream and then bring their thoughts to reality. Designers are everywhere from web, graphics, software to fashion. What is your opinion about designers? Read these 500+ best designers’ quotes for inspiration.

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  1. A camel is a horse designed by committee. Sir Alec Issigonis
  2. A chair is the first thing you need when you don’t really need anything, and is therefore a peculiarly compelling symbol of civilization. For it is civilization, not survival, that requires design. Ralph Caplan
  3. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
  4. A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad. Shigeru Miyamoto
  5. A Design isn’t finished until somebody is using it. Brenda Laurel
  6. A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense. Bruno Munari
  7. 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
  8. A distinctive appearance and a simple set of characteristics lead to an extremely flexible brand. Woodrow Phoenix
  9. A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. Frank Lloyd Wright
  10. A good designer finds an elegant way to put everything you need on a page. A great designer convinces you half that shit is unnecessary. Mike Monteiro
  11. A good designer should constantly be looking for opportunities to learn from others’ mistakes. Instead of blaming the protagonists, we should try to put ourselves in their shoes and honestly answer these questions: What would lead me to design the same interface they did? What decisions led to this product being approved and shipped? How can I avoid finding myself in a similar position in the future? Jonathan Shariat
  12. A graphic designer is a machine that turns coffee into beautiful, functional imagery. Lisa Manson
  13. A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured. Louis Kahn
  14. A healthy team is made up of people who have the attitude that it is better to learn something new than to be right. Bill Buxton, Computer Scientist and Designer
  15. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against. Diana Vreeland
  16. A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. Louis Nizer
  17. A new, self-employed architect scientist is the one in all the world who may accelerate realization of a high-standard survival for all, as now completely practical within the scope of available technology. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  18. A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being. Juhani Pallasmaa
  19. A sensual lifestyle is a lifestyle you can have an affair with for the rest of your life. Lebo Grand
  20. A startup founder who ‘gets’ user experience and design will likely create a more successful product than one who does not. It’s not just because a great user experience makes a product more enjoyable and ultimately fun to use. It’s because this type of design thinking and understanding of the customer seeps into every other aspect of the product. Jeff Gothelf
  21. A tattoo can be ruined by a too busy background or too many elements all having emphasis. Shelly Dax, The Tattoo Textbook: Escape the Grind, Do What You Love, and Launch Your Kick-Ass Tattoo Career
  22. A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good. Martin LeBlanc
  23. Absurdity and anti absurdity are the two poles of creative energy. Karl Lagerfeld
  24. Accidents often produce the best solutions. Only you can recognize the difference between an accident and your original intent. Jennifer Morla
  25. Aesthetic isn’t simply about good design for good design’s sake. Noah Kerner
  26. Affected as they are by a constitutive solipsism, philosophies can say everything about the world they design and very little about the world they help to construct. Umberto Eco
  27. All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. Gilbert K. Chesterton
  28. All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space. Philip Johnson
  29. All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable. Frank Lloyd Wright
  30. Allowing artist-illustrators to control the design and content of statistical graphics is almost like allowing typographers to control the content, style, and editing of prose. Edward R. Tufte
  31. Almost every religion believe that God lives in the sky. For system design engineer, God stay in Ground. Bhupesh B. Patil
  32. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller
  33. Among the planets of the arts, architecture is the dark side of the moon. Bruno Zevi
  34. An effective method often deceives us into thinking that it is the only effective one, or the most effective. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  35. An object should be judged by whether it has a form consistent with its use. Bruno Munari
  36. Any object of design will give off an impression of the psychological and moral attitudes it supports. Alain de Botton
  37. Any product that needs a manual to work is broken. Elon Musk
  38. Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake. Luis Barragán
  39. Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing. Alexander Wang
  40. Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money. Ambrose Bierce
  41. Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity. Renzo Piano
  42. Architects, if they are really to be comprehensive, must assume the enormous task of thinking in terms always disciplined to the scale of the total world pattern of needs, its resource flows, its recirculatory and regenerative processes. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  43. Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task, therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise. Adolf Loos
  44. Architecture can’t fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn’t real. Frank Stella
  45. Architecture is a dangerous mix of power and importance. Rern Koolhaas
  46. Architecture is a learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. Le Corbusier
  47. Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea. Yoshio Taniguchi
  48. Architecture is inhabited sculpture. Constantin Brancusi
  49. Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can’t be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole. Maya Lin
  50. Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder. Daniel Libeskind
  51. Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space … On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure. Zaha Hadid
  52. Architecture is the art of how to waste space. Philip Johnson
  53. Architecture is the backdrop to our lives. Matthew Rice
  54. Architecture is the plant fertilizer of our lives; it is the way to be a big, great-tasting tomato. Robert Sullivan
  55. Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order. Frank Lloyd Wright
  56. Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. Mies van de Rohe
  57. Architecture never derived its force from stability of culture, but rather from the expression of those moments when that sense of stability slipped. Mark Wigley
  58. Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. Frank Gehry
  59. Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul. Ernest Dimnet
  60. Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see. Paul Klee
  61. Art is anything you can get away with. Marshal McLuhan
  62. Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer. Pete Hein, Architect, Poet and Mathematician
  63. Art must not be concentrated in dead shrines called museums. It must be spread everywhere on the streets, in the trams, factories, workshops, and in the workers’ homes. Vladimir Mayakovsky
  64. As a designer, you have to think in time and see things in sequence. You have to see information as a narrative form. Paul Mijksenaar
  65. As a woman gets older, it’s more about style than fashion. A woman knowing herself more and more, and looking for new things, is getting into her own personal style, being more than just a fashion addict. I’m interested in that. Nicolas Ghesquière
  66. As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown. Normon Foster
  67. Attention must be paid’ is the cardinal rule of design discipline, for the designer is above all someone who pays attention to the situation at hand. Ralph Caplan
  68. Bad design shouts at you. Good design is the silent seller. Shane Meendering
  69. Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else. Judy Garland
  70. Being a famous designer is like being a famous dentist. Noreen Morioka
  71. Being polite means following a conversation, not co-opting it and dragging it in other directions. It means knowing who you’re talking with, and knowing what they know. It’s rude to talk over people, to misunderstand who they are. Those maxims happen to neatly map to the same design principles laid out by Don Norman, and the ones that guided Brian Lathrop in the creation of Audi’s self-driving A7. Robert Fabricant, User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play
  72. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense. Oscar de la Renta
  73. But I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is. Marian Bantjes
  74. But I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidæ with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice… I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can. Charles Darwin
  75. By far the dominant reason for not releasing sooner was a reluctance to trade the dream of success for the reality of feedback. Kent Beck
  76. By spending resources and designing cities in a way that values everyone’s experience, life can get easier and more pleasant for everyone. We can make cities that are more generous and less cruel. We can make cities that help us all get stronger, more resilient, more connected, more active and more free. We just have to decide who our cities are for. And we have to believe that they can change. Charles Montgomery
  77. Carrero’s Third Law of Landscape Mathematics
  78. Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity. Karl Lagerfeld
  79. Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, and great pieces of music. Michael Kors
  80. Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them. Marc Jacobs
  81. Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it. Pierre Bonnard
  82. Color is a creative element, not a trimming. Piet Zwart
  83. Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. Pablo Picasso
  84. Consciously or not, we feel and internalize what the space tells us about how to work. When you walk into most offices, the space tells you that it’s meant for a group of people to work alone. Closed-off desks sprout off of lonely hallways, and in a few obligatory conference rooms a huge table ensures that people are safely separated from one another. David Kelley
  85. Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration. Jeffrey Zeldman
  86. Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. Orson Welles
  87. Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. Steve Jobs
  88. Creativity is nothing but a mind set free. Torrie T. Asai
  89. Creativity is nothing but the way to solve new problems.
  90. Creativity is only as obscure as your reference. Unknown via Aaron Wiggan
  91. Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers
  92. Design adds value faster than it adds costs. Thomas C. Gale
  93. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. Paul Rand
  94. Design cannot rescue failed content. Edward R. Tufte
  95. Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future. Robert L. Peters
  96. Design does not, and cannot, operate on philosophy and theory alone. Without the connection between the design concept, the artifact, and the user, design does not exist. Tania Allen
  97. Design has killed architecture. Design is what they teach in the schools. Le Corbusier
  98. Design has to work, art does not. Donald Judd
  99. Design is a fundamental human activity, relevant and useful to everyone. Anything humans create be it product, communication or system is a result of the process of making inspiration real. I believe in doing what works as circumstances change: quirky or unusual solutions are often good ones. Nature bends and so should we as appropriate. Nature is always right outside our door as a reference and touch point. We should use it far more than we do. Maggie Macnab
  100. Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. Charles Eames
  101. Design is a solution to a problem; art is a question to a problem. John Maeda
  102. Design is about creating shareable solutions to shared problems. Mario Maruffi
  103. Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up. Tate Linden
  104. Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them. Bryan Lawson, Author, Architect and Scholar
  105. Design is creativity with strategy. Rob Curedale
  106. 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
  107. 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, Communication and Experience Designer
  108. Design is like a mom, nobody notices when she’s around, but everybody misses her when she’s not. Santiago Borray
  109. Design is more important than technology in most consumer applications. Dave McClure
  110. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Steve Jobs
  111. Design is not really a way for me to express myself. Design is a product that we produce for a client. Peleg Top
  112. Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated. Paul Rand
  113. Design is the body language of your marketing. Don’t slouch. Mark King
  114. Design is the contrast of the core of limitations therefore there are no boundaries. It is simply an interpretation of creativity. Jenaiha Woods
  115. Design is thinking made visual. Saul Bass
  116. Design is where science and art break even. Robin Mathew, Designer
  117. Design should never say, “Look at me!” It should always say, “Look at this! David Craib
  118. Design speaks to the soul. Adrienne Posey
  119. Design that mimics the sensual continuity of nature’s subtle connections of color, light and texture invite the viewer’s receptivity. Maggie Macnab
  120. Design thinkers look past a project to the next project, to the next step in the strategy. They look sideways to the tangents that are affected by the result, and longer term to the investment required as a result of solving the problem currently in front of the team. No problem is solved in isolation-either from the past, or from the future. Mark Dziersk
  121. Design transcends agenda. It speaks to the politics of optimism. Paul Bennett
  122. Design your income around your dream lifestyle, rather than your lifestyle around your income. Richie Norton
  123. Design’s fundamental role is problem solver. Fast Company
  124. Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood. Fabien Barral
  125. Designers can make life more bearable by producing stuff that touches its audience rather than fucks them in the head. Jon Wozencraft
  126. Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work. Hans Hger
  127. Designers love subtle cues, because subtlety is one of the traits of sophisticated design. But Web users are generally in such a hurry that they routinely miss subtle cues. Steve Krug
  128. Designers may be the true intellectuals of the future. Paola Antonelli
  129. Designers provide ways into and out of the flood of words by breaking up text into pieces and offering shortcuts and alternate routes through masses of information. (…) Although many books define the purpose of typography as enhancing the readability of the written word, one of design’s most humane functions is, in actuality, to help readers avoid reading. Ellen Lupton
  130. Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose. Chris Bangle
  131. Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.- Chris Bangle
  132. Designing a product is designing a relationship. Steve Rogers
  133. Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries. Neville Brody
  134. Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Design a preparation and motivates you to optimize your potentials. Do it because you love it! Israelmore Ayivor
  135. Do good work for good people. Aaron Draplin
  136. Do not seek praise, seek criticism. Paul Arden
  137. Don’t be too practical. It impedes the flow of sensuality. Lebo Grand
  138. Don’t criticize unless you can do better. Try to understand how the faulty design might have occurred: try to determine how it could have been done otherwise. Don Norman
  139. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live. Gianni Versace
  140. Don’t forget that the borders of a tattoo can create an implied line, too. You can dispel this look by making tattoo edges fade into the skin. Shelly Dax
  141. Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop. Jeffrey Zeldman
  142. Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas, worry about the day they stop. Jeffrey Zeldman
  143. Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they notice the woman. Coco Chanel
  144. Each color lives by its mysterious life. Wassily Kandinsky
  145. Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions. William Allin
  146. Elegance is elimination. Cristóbal Balenciaga
  147. Elegance is good taste, plus a dash of daring. Carmel Snow
  148. Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered. Giorgio Armani
  149. End users not technologies shape the market. Consequently, marketers need to stay abreast not only of technological developments but also of the way people respond to them. Matt Haig
  150. Engineers and designers simultaneously know too much and too little. They know too much about the technology and too little about how other people live their lives and do their activities”. Donald Norman
  151. Eventually everything connects people, ideas, objects…the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se…I don’t believe in this ‘gifted few’ concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is. Charles Eames
  152. Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
  153. Every great design begins with an even better story. Lorinda Mamo
  154. Everybody’s a web designer until, you know, they actually try to do it. Gabe Boning
  155. Everything around you was architected by another person. Whether or not they were aware of what they were doing. Whether or not they did a good job. Whether or not they delegated the task to a computer. Information is a responsibility we all share. Abby Covert
  156. Everything is design. Everything! Paul Rand
  157. Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. Brian Reed
  158. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein
  159. Experiences we have come to expect on mobile apps have created new standards and expectations for all digital media including the web. The result is websites are evolving to become more app-like in their rich functionality. Raj Aggarwal
  160. Failing to include the perspective of women is a huge driver of unintended male bias that attempts (often in good faith) to pass itself off as ‘gender neutral’. Caroline Criado-Pérez, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
  161. Far too often, we treat web development as a sprint rather than a marathon. It is the experience designer’s job, in part, to help everyone walk the steps of the experience they’ll create before they run especially when they’ll be doing so in tandem. Andrew Maier
  162. Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together. Carolina Herrera
  163. Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality. Karl Lagerfeld
  164. Fashion is a religion in one sense. Once upon a time, our brand was considered the sanctum sanctorum of fashion. I want to produce things that people really want to buy. Alessandro Michele
  165. Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself. Oscar de la Renta
  166. Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite. Karl Lagerfeld
  167. Fashion is instant language. Miuccia Prada
  168. Fashion is like eating, you shouldn’t stick to the same menu. Kenzo Takada
  169. Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s something else that comes from within you. Ralph Lauren
  170. Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. Bill Cunningham
  171. Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well. Vivienne Westwood
  172. Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose. Lauren Hutton
  173. Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose. – Lauren Hutton
  174. Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not of a form of imprisonment. Alexander McQueen
  175. Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self expression and, above all, attitude. Iris Apfel
  176. Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent
  177. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. Amy Poehler
  178. For a brief period of time the American electric-sign industry looked beyond its most immediate market and collaborated with store designers and architects in creating a style which became known as ‘stream-line.’ Later it became known as ‘American Déco.’ Whatever it was called or will be called in the future, it represents in terms of neon a thrust away from isolated signage toward an area of architectural ornamentation in which signage is but one element in an overall plan. Rudi Stern
  179. For design to truly address issues of sustainability necessitates a change in how we define innovation, and move beyond what we can do to what we should do. Tania Allen
  180. For me, design is like choosing what I’m going to wear for the day – only much more complicated and not really the same at all. Robynne Raye
  181. For Steve, less is always more, simpler is always better. Therefore, if you can build a glass box with fewer elements, it’s better, it’s simpler, and it’s at the forefront of technology. That’s where Steve likes to be, in both his products and his stores. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
  182. Form ever follows function. Louis H. Sullivan
  183. Freedom is more than just a patriotic concept; it is the purest intent of our design. Be you. Be free. Be nice. Steve Maraboli
  184. Get in over your head as often and as joyfully as possible. Alexander Isley
  185. Get rid of everything that is not essential to making a point. Christoph Niemann
  186. Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times. Betsey Johnson
  187. The joy of dressing is an art. John Galliano
  188. Give them the vision of Oz, show them the direction, convince them you can create the yellow brick road; the rest is civil engineering. Dirk Susharme
  189. God is in the details. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  190. Good architecture is like a good therapy session, a good marriage, a good poem – gently and almost invisibly allowing you to be you, as flawed and as beautiful as you are. Robert Sullivan
  191. Good art inspires; Good design motivates. Otl Aicher
  192. Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition. Freeman Thomas
  193. Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere. Mieke Gerritzen
  194. Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs. Frank Chimero
  195. Good design is good business. Thomas J. Watson Jr.
  196. Good design is honest. Dieter Rams
  197. Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. Joe Sparano
  198. Good design makes people feel good. Mario Maruffi
  199. Good design’s not about what medium you’re working in. It’s about thinking hard about what you want to do and what you have to work with before you start. Susan Kare
  200. Good grooming is integral and impeccable style is a must. If you don’t look the part, no one will want to give you time or money. Daymond John
  201. Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. David Carson
  202. Graphic designers judge a cover by its book. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  203. Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart. Arthur Erickson
  204. Great ideas, like babies, are often conceived after a few glasses of wine. Sharon Moore
  205. Have no fear of perfection you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali
  206. Hell, there are no rules here; We’re trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison
  207. Here, then, is what I wanted to tell you of my architecture. I created it with courage and idealism, but also with an awareness of the fact that what is important is life, friends, and attempting to make this unjust world a better place in which to live. Oscar Niemeyer
  208. High and low isn’t such a novelty thing, it’s how young people interpret the life we’ve been given. It’s how we look at luxury brands, it’s how we look at heritage brands. Virgil Abloh
  209. Home is where you hang your architect. Chare Booth Luce
  210. How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels? Sonia Rykiel
  211. Humor is a big part of my style. You have to be willing to fall on your face a bit, to be that fashion roadkill. I know so many people who are die-hard fashion people who are way more educated than I am, but I love fashion. It’s so much more important than just material. Zoë Kravitz
  212. I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect. They are much more interesting. Marc Jacobs
  213. I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
  214. I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  215. I am simply submerged in work from five in the morning to eleven at night; almost need a few days off to escape a breakdown! Richard Neutra
  216. I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right. Dorothy Draper
  217. I call architecture frozen music. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  218. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be and to some degree, the woman I’m still a little piece of. Diane Von Furstenberg
  219. I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. Ayn Rand
  220. I don’t design clothes. I design dreams. Ralph Lauren
  221. I don’t do fashion. I am fashion. Coco Chanel
  222. I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. Frank Gehry
  223. I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person every day. Stephanie Perkins
  224. I find modernist design boring, but it’s so much faster! Christine Suewon Lee
  225. I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence. Yves Saint Laurent
  226. I know the price of success: dedication, hard work & an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. Frank Llyod Wright
  227. I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet. Carrie Bradshaw
  228. I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. Tadao Ando
  229. I like to reinvent myself it’s part of my job. Karl Lagerfeld
  230. I like to step into areas where I am afraid. Fear is a sign that I am going in the right direction. April Greiman
  231. I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams
  232. I love to be a graphic designer, but could we get rid of clients somehow please? Erik Spiekermann
  233. I make clothes, women make fashion. Azzedine Alaïa
  234. I may be a beginner at some things, but I’ve got a black belt in shopping. Phyllis Nefler
  235. I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies. Le Corbusier
  236. I see the world in a unique way as a Landscape Mathematician. I see a world of numbers! When I observe nature, concepts and visualizations form in my brain, and systems start to connect mathematically. Yafreisy Carrero
  237. I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things. Lindon Leader
  238. I think designers who aren’t selfish do really awful work. Paul Sahre
  239. I think fashion can do a lot. Fashion is very popular, so it can help broadcast a message and reach a new generation. Maria Grazia Chiuri
  240. I think our bodies are beautiful, and I think celebrating them and being comfortable in them no matter what age you are is important. There shouldn’t be any kind of shame or discomfort around it. Jennifer Aniston
  241. I think the fashion is super serious and humor is suspect and people don’t always know how to approach it. Sometimes people have questioned whether I was making fun of the industry or just at myself. I’m just trying to raise a smile. Clothes aren’t meant to be worshipped at a church altar. I have a different approach to most designers. Jeremy Scott
  242. I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it. Alexander McQueen
  243. I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it. Alexander McQueen
  244. I think we all know boldness when we see it. Nothing makes me smile more than when I see someone being fully themselves, with their own individual style and character, whatever that is. Angelina Jolie
  245. I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me. Maya Lin
  246. I understand that, today, some developers are asking architects to design eye-catching, iconic buildings. Fortunately, I’ve not had that kind of client so far. Fumihiko Maki
  247. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman. Vera Wang
  248. I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. Alexander McQueen
  249. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent. Saul Bass
  250. I would be happy to learn just half the stuff I already thought I learned. Unknown
  251. I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about. Carrie Phillips
  252. I’ve noticed the computer sometimes leads to rather bland decision-making; Now, anybody can do a wobbly, blobby building. Peter Cook
  253. I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about. Carrie Philips
  254. I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about. Carrie Phillips
  255. I’m not sensual because I’m looking to sin. But I’m sensual because I’m looking to give my life dimensions and texture and design and colour and depth and soul and beauty and harmony and meaning and aliveness and purpose. Lebo Grand
  256. I’ve never had a problem with a dumb client. There is no such thing as a bad client. Part of our job is to do good work and get the client to accept it. Bob Gill
  257. Iam always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
  258. Idon’t design clothes, I design dreams. Ralph Lauren
  259. Idon’t think that design needs theory, but I think designers need theory. Johanna Drucker
  260. If anyone wants to learn how to become a better UX designer and overall human, they should work in retail or the service industry. Front-of-house and back-of-house translate to front-end and back-end design. Not only do you learn how to manage customer expectations, but you learn how to encourage the team around you for overall, a better customer experience. Dimitri Alexander
  261. If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art. Henrik Fisker
  262. If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. Henry Ford
  263. If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” ― Sir Isaac Newton
  264. If no one hates it, no one really loves it. Jessica Walsh
  265. If there is shit all around me, how can I eat my ice cream? S Balaram
  266. If you can design one thing, you can design everything. Massimo Vignelli
  267. If you can make something significantly clearer by making it slightly inconsistent, choose in favor of clarity. Steve Krug
  268. If you can properly define the problem, then you’ve already defined the solution as well. Chip Kidd
  269. If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients. Michael Bierut
  270. If you do it right, it will last forever. Massimo Vignelli
  271. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. Albert Einstein
  272. If you find an element of your interface requires instructions, then you need to redesign it. Dan Rubin
  273. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau
  274. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. James Goldsmith
  275. If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. Red Adair
  276. If you think user research is expensive, you should look at the cost of building the wrong thing. Mario Maruffi
  277. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that.
  278. If you’re more susceptible to interruption, you do more out of the box thinking. Don Norman
  279. Imitate. Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable. Bruce Mau
  280. Imitation may be the “sincerest form of plagiarism,” but it is also the mark of an inferior person. David Ogilvy
  281. Immature product teams make the same mistake: They want users to understand their products but refuse to understand their users. Mario Maruffi
  282. In a clock, stop but one wheel and you stop every wheel, because they are dependent upon one other. So when God has ordered a thing for the present to be thus and thus, how do you know how many things depend upon this thing? God may have some work to do twenty years hence that depends on this passage of providence that falls out this day or this week. Jeremiah Burroughs
  283. In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable. Christian Dior
  284. In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish. Karl Lagerfeld
  285. In a very real way, designers create the human environment; they make the things we use, the places we live and work, our modes of communication and mobility. Simply put, design matters. And at a moment in our history in which the scientific community has issued serious warnings about the negative impacts of our flawed designs-from global warming and water pollution to the loss of biodiversity and natural resources-designers have a critical role to play in the creation of a more just, healthful and sustainable world. William McDonough, Architect, Designer and Author
  286. In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous. Elsa Schiaparelli
  287. In merging nature and culture the most successful cities combine such universal needs as maintaining or restoring contact with the cycles of nature, with specific, local characteristics. Sally A. Kitt Chappell
  288. In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer,” Jobs told Fortune shortly after retaking the reins at AppleBut to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
  289. In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture. Nancy Banks-Smith
  290. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel
  291. In order to design your product well for them, you need to understand how they’ll use it and design to support that behaviour. Leisa Reichelt
  292. In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose. Augustus W. N. Pugin
  293. In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity, that is, to find a simple form for all of life’s necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine. Oskar Schlemmer
  294. In the user problem lies design opportunity. Mario Maruffi
  295. Inever design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it. Frank Lloyd Wright
  296. Information is only useful when it can be understood. Muriel Cooper
  297. Intent not followed by action is an insult to your design. Decide what you want, create a plan, and get your ass out there! Steve Maraboli
  298. Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Thomas Edison
  299. It is new design by architects versus world revolution by political leadership. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  300. It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. David Allan Coe
  301. It is therefore indisputable that the limbs of architecture are derived from the limbs of man. Michelangelo
  302. It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds. Paula Scher
  303. It’s a great day to design. Adrienne Posey
  304. It’s natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naive impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity’s highest callings. Steven Pinker
  305. It’s art if it 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
  306. It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. Grace Hopper
  307. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney
  308. 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
  309. It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good. Paula Scher
  310. It’s very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better. Jonathan Ive
  311. Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful. Joshua Brewer
  312. Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid. Despair Poster
  313. Leave it better than you found it. Robert Baden-Powell
  314. Less is a bore. Robert Venturi
  315. Less is more work. Patric McCue
  316. Less is more. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  317. Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building. Thomas Fuller
  318. Live in the leading the spaces in between the rules. Stefan Mumaw
  319. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere. Albert Einstein
  320. Look at usual things with unusual eyes. Vico Magistretti
  321. Look deep into your user problem, and you will design better. Mario Maruffi
  322. Love blinds us. Don’t love anything an idea, a tool, a graphic, a technique, a technology, a client, or a colleague too much. Adam Judge
  323. Luxury is the ease of a T-shirt in a very expensive dress. Karl Lagerfeld
  324. Make it simple, but significant. Don Draper
  325. Man was designed in a way in which he must eat in order to give him a solid reason to go to work everyday. This helps to keep him out of trouble. God is wise. Criss Jami
  326. Master bathrooms are like operating rooms. They must be meticulous, clean and simple. Catherine Bradford Bugg
  327. Mathematics needs to be taught using nature! Yafreisy Carrero
  328. Minimize, or tone down, other compositional elements in order to bring attention to the focal point. Backgrounds can be made lighter or darker in value, crisper or softer in focus, or textured or not textured, to lend support to where you want the eye to go. Shelly Dax
  329. Mobile is the enabling centerpiece of digital convergence. Mobile is the glue for all other digital industries to use when approaching convergence, but mobile is also the digital gateway for the real world to join in this global metamorphosis of human behavior. Tomi Ahonen
  330. Much as participatory design and placemaking was a reaction to the lack of citizen involvement in the planning process, the history of incremental city design was a reaction to the utopian master plan that dictated whole scale redevelopment in favor of an incremental approach that gradually affected the status quo. As a theory of policymaking, incrementalism was first introduced by Charles Lindblom in the 1950s. Tania Allen
  331. Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing. Ron Swanson
  332. New York City is an absolute failure in the design of buildings that promote good human health. Steven Magee
  333. No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended. Adrian Forty
  334. No industrial designer worth his salt, or our attention, has been trained to work exclusively on any particular product, unless by accident. What he has been trained to do is practice a process called design, a process that includes esthetic choices but does not consist only of them. Ralph Caplan
  335. No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. Salvador Dalí
  336. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Steve Jobs
  337. None of us is as smart as all of us. Ken Blanchard
  338. Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people. Jan Gehl
  339. On Wednesdays, we wear pink. Karen Smith
  340. One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again. Renzo Piano
  341. One of the talents of the [late] great Steve Jobs is that he [knew] how to design Medusa-like products. While every Macintosh model has had flaws (some more than others), most of them have has a sexiness and a design sensibility that has turned many consumers into instant converts. Macintosh owners upgrade far more often than most computer users for precisely this reason. Seth Godin
  342. One of the ways that designers can challenge themselves to think about their work differently is to look outside of design to ways that other disciplines research, evaluate, and interpret their work. Tania Allen
  343. Only the free-wheeling artist-explorer, non-academic, scientist-philosopher, mechanic, economist-poet who has never waited for patron-starting and accrediting of his co-ordinate capabilities holds the prime initiative today. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  344. Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. M.C. Escher
  345. Our designs go wrong because our feelings of contentment are woven from fine and unexpected filaments. Alain de Botton
  346. Our language choices change how we use our time and energy. For every word we use to describe where we want to go, there’s another word that we’re walking away from. Abby Covert
  347. 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
  348. Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who’s wearing it. Yves Saint Laurent
  349. Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci
  350. Paradoxically, minimalism is the maximum use of space. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  351. Paradoxically, when we advocate for the user within our product or service development teams, we are, in effect, simultaneously advocating for the team to our users. Michael Cummings
  352. Parks, plazas, gardens, and rooftops are culture-producing places, not merely place for retreat. Sidewalks and bridges become ends in themselves instead of just a means of getting from one place to another. Sally A. Kitt Chappell
  353. Pay attention to what users do, not what they say. Jakob Nielsen
  354. People don’t use a product because of the great design; great design helps them use the product. Viran Anuradha Dayaratne
  355. People ignore design that ignores people. Frank Chimero
  356. People ignore designs that ignore people Frank Chimero
  357. 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
  358. People who build their own home tend to be very courageous. These people are curious about life. They’re thinking about what it means to live in a house, rather than just buying a commodity and making it work. Tom Kundig
  359. People will stare. Make it worth their while. Harry Winston
  360. Perceiving the world as well designed and thus the product of a designer, and even seeing divine providence in the daily affairs of life, may be the product of a brain adapted to finding patterns in nature. Michael Shermer
  361. Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman’s Odyssey
  362. Perseverance and resilience are key. I also try to remain true to my vision. The idea is to create go-to pieces for a woman’s wardrobe and her life beautifully crafted pieces that a woman will love today, in two months, in two years, in five years and to do that for as many women as possible. Narciso Rodriguez
  363. Places matter. Their rules, their scale, their design include or exclude civil society, pedestrianism, equality, diversity (economic and otherwise), understanding of where water comes from and garbage goes, consumption or conservation. They map our lives. Rebecca Solnit
  364. Planning is for the world’s great cities, for Paris, London, and Rome, for cities dedicated, at some level, to culture. Detroit, on the other hand, was an American city and therefore dedicated to money, and so design had given way to expediency. Jeffrey Eugenides
  365. Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends. Kate Spade
  366. Practice safe design: Use a concept. Petrula Vrontikis
  367. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. Ernest Hemingway
  368. Public housing projects are not lacking in natural leaders,’ [Ellen Lurie, a social worker in East Harlem] says. ‘They contain people with real ability, wonderful people many of them, but the typical sequence is that in the course of organization leaders have found each other, gotten all involved in each others’ social lives, and have ended up talking to nobody but each other. They have not found their followers. Everything tends to degenerate into ineffective cliques, as a natural course. There is no normal public life. Just the mechanics of people learning what s going on is so difficult. It all makes the simplest social gain extra hard for these people. Jane Jacobs
  369. Put hot triggers in the path of motivated people. B.J. Fogg
  370. Readers usually ignore the typographic interface, gliding comfortably along literacy’s habitual groove. Sometimes, however, the interface should be allowed to fail. By making itself evident, typography can illuminate the construction and identity of a page, screen, place, or product. Ellen Lupton
  371. Real artists ship. Steve Jobs
  372. Real web designers write code. Always have, always will. Jeffrey Zeldman
  373. Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. Charles Eames
  374. Regardless of how good or bad a collection might be, it’s a letdown after the show is over. It’s done. Something you’ve worked on for months is just over. Oscar De La Renta
  375. Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. Patrick Lencioni
  376. Sensuality never ages nor go out of style. Lebo Grand
  377. Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally. Christian Louboutin
  378. Simple is good. Jim Henson
  379. Simplicity does not mean want or poverty. It does not mean the absence of any decor, or absolute nudity. It only means that the decor should belong intimately to the design proper, and that anything foreign to it should be taken away. Paul Jacques Grillo
  380. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. John Maeda
  381. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci
  382. Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.” Jon Franklin
  383. Simplicity, wit, and good typography. Michael Bierut
  384. Since the Leeburg Pike [at Tyson’s Corner] carries six to eight lanes of fast-moving traffic and the mall lacks an obvious pedestrian entrance, I decided to negotiate the street in my car rather than on foot. This is a problem planners call the ‘drive to lunch syndrome,’ typical of edge nodes where nothing is planned in advance and all the development takes place in isolated ‘pods’. Dolores Hayden
  385. Sketches are social things. They are lonely outside the company of other sketches and related reference material. They are lonely if they are discarded as soon as they are done. And they definitely are happiest when everyone in the studio working on the project has spent time with them. Bill Buxton
  386. Small, noncomparative, highly labeled data sets usually belong in tables. Edward R. Tufte
  387. So that is the design process or the creative process. Start with a problem, forget the problem, the problem reveals itself or the solution reveals itself and then you reevaulate it. This is what you are doing all the time. Paul Rand
  388. So that’s our approach. Very simple, and we’re really shooting for Museum of Modern Art quality. The way we’re running the company, the product design, the advertising, it all comes down to this: Let’s make it simple. Really simple.” Apple’s design mantra would remain the one featured on its first brochure: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
  389. Some designers create things to show you what they did. I design things to tell you what I solved. –  Brian Yerkes
  390. Sometimes you can draw more inspiration from the people who don’t believe in you, then from the ones who do. William Childs
  391. Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. Rachel Zoe
  392. Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it. Diane von Furstenberg
  393. Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world an emotion. Alber Elbaz
  394. Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way. Vera Wang
  395. Sure some medical experts say coffee could be a health hazard, but they obviously never built a web site before! Geoff Blake
  396. Sustainability is now a big baggy sack in which people throw all kinds of old ideas, hot air and dodgy activities in order to be able to greenwash their products and feel good. Kevin McCloud
  397. Taking sartorial risks and not following other people is what makes you stand out. Zac Posen
  398. Talent is a pursued interest. In other words, anything you are willing to practice, you can do. Bob Ross
  399. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. Michael Jordan
  400. Technology over technique produces emotionless design. Daniel Mall
  401. Testing with one user early in the project is better than testing with 50 near the end. Steve Krug
  402. The ability to live a sensual lifestyle signals that an individual has become adept at overcoming the constraints of daily life and has entered into a privileged world where the key to entry is no longer the functional, but the aesthetic, the decadent, the passionate. Lebo Grand
  403. The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design. Adam Judge
  404. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Douglas Martin
  405. The architect represents neither a Dionysian nor an Apollinian condition: here it is the mighty act of will, the will which moves mountains, the intoxication of the strong will, which demands artistic expression. The most powerful men have always inspired the architects; the architect has always been influenced by power. Friedrich Nietzsche
  406. The architect’s role is to make the mythic real. Sotirios Kotoulas
  407. The artist is a collector of things imaginary or real. He accumulates things with the same enthusiasm that a little boy stuffs his pockets. The scrap heap and the museum are embraced with equal curiosity. He takes snapshots, makes notes and records impressions on tablecloths or newspapers, on backs of envelopes or matchbooks. Why one thing and not another is part of the mystery, but he is omnivorous. Paul Rand
  408. The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible. David Ogilvy
  409. The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive. Coco Chanel
  410. The best way to predict the future is to create it Abraham Lincoln
  411. The conception of ‘artistic work’ presupposes a distinction between useful and useless work and as there are only a few artists, buyers can be found even for their useless products. The artist’s work lies beyond the boundaries of the useful and the useless. El Lissitzky
  412. The customer is the final filter. What survives the whole process is what people wear. I’m not interested in making clothes that end up in some dusty museum. Marc Jacobs
  413. The customers, the visitors, the patients, the readers, the guests, whatever you call them their experience is what determines the company’s success or failure. So focus first on the overall experience. It’s strategic, not tactical. It’s about the people, not the tool. Focusing on the larger picture first will set a better context in which to work later on usability tactics. Mark Hurst
  414. The definition of an expert is someone who knows what not to do. Charles Willson
  415. The desire to reach for the sky runs very deep in the human psyche. César Pelli
  416. The details are not the details. They make the design. Charles Eames
  417. The difference between style and fashion is quality. Giorgio Armani
  418. The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress. Hubert de Givenchy
  419. 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 Peterson
  420. The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their monuments or from their domestic relics. Honore de Balzac
  421. The Fibonacci Sequence turns out to be the key to understanding how nature designs… and is… a part of the same ubiquitous music of the spheres that builds harmony into atoms, molecules, crystals, shells, suns and galaxies and makes the Universe sing. Guy Murchie
  422. The first gesture of an architect is to draw a perimeter; in other words, to separate the microclimate from the macro space outside. This in itself is a sacred act. Architecture in itself conveys this idea of limiting space. It’s a limit between the finite and the infinite. From this point of view, all architecture is sacred. Mario Botta
  423. The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good. Richard Saul Wurman
  424. The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.”- Oscar De La Renta
  425. The greatest architectural illusion is not Baroque fancy or Victorian flamboyant, but minimalism. Kevin McCloud
  426. The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette. Giambattista Valli
  427. The key to great ideas is not having them, it is executing them. And great ideas come from problems. As designers we call problems, briefs and we call reactions to problems, concepts. Kate Moross
  428. The large print giveth and the small print taketh away. Tom Waits
  429. The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness. Massimo Vignelli
  430. The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design. Massimo Vignelli
  431. The life of a designer is one of fight: fight against the ugliness. Massimo Vignelli
  432. The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.- Frank Lloyd Wright
  433. The modern architect is, generally speaking, art’s greatest enemy. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  434. The moment you start to recognize and understand that mathematics is the language of nature, and see the unseen laws of this beautiful world of numbers, and mimic its logic to create original systems, you are a Landscape Mathematician. Yafreisy Carrero
  435. The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually (and economically) its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can thus give back grace and delight to their neighborhoods instead of vacuity. Jane Jacobs
  436. The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud. Coco Chanel
  437. The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong. Marty Neumeier
  438. The next big thing is the one that makes the last big thing usable. Blake Ross
  439. The only important thing about design is how it relates to people. Victor Papanek
  440. The paradox of impact is that while design shapes the world in profound ways, it is also being shaped by the world. Design as a process necessarily interfaces with many other systems to shape and redefine the world and our human experience within it. Designers and design in general is, however, uniquely situated to be critical mediators between the various entities, forces, and agendas that are constantly at work in developing the future that we collectively and individually want. Tania Allen
  441. The perfect orchestration of the symphony of life is one of the Creator’s greatest and most beautiful miracles. Suzy Kassem
  442. 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. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring. Paul Rand
  443. The quality of any creative endeavor tends to approach the level of taste of whoever is in charge. John Gruber
  444. The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows. Milton Glaser
  445. The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests. Charles Eames
  446. The room is there for the human being – not the human being for the room. El Lissitzky
  447. The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Pearl S. Buck
  448. The self-commissioned architect is the obviously exclusive potential – for as at present used, or designed, the world’s resources are serving only forty-four per cent of humanity. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  449. The shoes set up the tone and attitude, they change the perception of the way one wears clothes, what we call in France le porté. It is not about length, but the juxtaposition or décalage of the shoes high or low with the rest of the proportions. Hedi Slimane
  450. The soul never thinks without an image. Aristotle
  451. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson
  452. The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made.- Louis Kahn
  453. The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference. Richard Dawkins
  454. The universe contains many planets which make it what it is – a unified system. In addition, our bodies contain many organs, and each part is congruent to a planet in our solar system. The universe we see out our eyes is a mirror of what is within us. This is what God meant by making man in his image. We are all made as a reflection of God and that reflection of him is within us. Furthermore, not only are all religions connected to the same Truth, or Cosmic Heart, but this concept is also mirrored in the pantheons of ancient religions, where each of the many gods simply represented one set of characteristics of the ONE. And in all cases, these many gods symbolized the planets, therefore mimicking the different parts of the universe and the ONE God’s many mirrors (He Who is All). The structure behind all polytheistic religions of the past and present is one and the same. They are all built on the same foundation as Nature. Suzy Kassem
  455. The vagueness of colorless light and shadow makes the image capable of everything. Ned Isaac
  456. The way I dress depends on how I feel. I never have to psych myself up. Usually it just feels like it works. Rihanna
  457. The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration. Karl Lagerfeld
  458. The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman
  459. There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison
  460. There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. Milton Glaser
  461. There is a danger when every building has to look spectacular; to look like it is changing the world. I don’t care how a building looks if it means something, not to architects, but to the people who use it. David Chipperfield
  462. There is an effective strategy open to architects. Whereas doctors deal with the interior organisms of man, architects deal with the exterior organisms of man. Architects might join with one another to carry on their work in laboratories as do doctors in anticipatory medicine. Richard Buckminster Fuller
  463. There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ― George Shinn
  464. There is no such thing as information overload, just bad design. If something is cluttered and/or confusing, fix your design. Edward Tufte
  465. There’s so much information now, and everybody sees everything. When we were young kids, we really wanted to shock, but you have to remember, it was the time of punk, and there was a lot of rebellion happening. It was a good thing. Now it’s a bit more conventional. Dries Van Noten
  466. They don’t want quarter-inch bits. They want quarter-inch holes. Leo McGinneva
  467. Think of yourself as a brand. You need to be remembered. What will they remember you for? What defines you? If you have it in you, do something that defines you. Invent something, develop a unique skill, get noticed for something it creates a talking point. Chris Arnold
  468. Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous. Ralph Caplan
  469. This is what happens when we design for everyone we ‘dumb things down’ to the point that they become useless or inefficient for most people. How does this happen? Well, because although everyone in the world might want to use your product or your website, they’ll want to use it in a very particular way. In order to design your product well for them, you need to understand how they’ll use it and design to support that behaviour. Leisa Reichelt
  470. To be a good artist it takes practice. A lot of it. More than you can even fathom when you’re starting out. Jessica Hische
  471. To be gullible is to not be in control, and the old brain – the part that is concerned with survival – always wants us to be in control. Susan Weinschenk
  472. To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering. Thomas Manss
  473. To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it. Daniel Libeskind
  474. To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it’s just planning. Ayse Birsel
  475. To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams. Roger Vivier
  476. To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works. Ai Weiwei
  477. Trendy is the last stage before tacky. Karl Lagerfeld
  478. Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form. David Lewis
  479. Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form. David Lewis, Industrial Designer
  480. Typography has one plain duty before it and that is to convey information in writing. No argument or consideration can absolve typography from this duty. Emil Ruder
  481. Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form. Robert Bringhurst
  482. Typography like other arts, from cooking to choreography, involves a balance between the familiar and the unfamiliar, the dependably consistent and the unforeseen. Typographers generally take pleasure in the unpredictable length of the paragraph while accepting the simple and reassuring consistency of the paragraph indent. The prose paragraph and its verse counterpart, the stanza, are basic units of linguistic thought and literary style. The typographer must articulate them enough to make them clear, yet not so strongly that the form instead of the content steals the show. If the units of thought, or the boundaries between thoughts, look more important than the thoughts themselves, the typographer has failed. Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style
  483. Typography must often draw attention to itself before it will be read. Yet in order to be read, it must relinquish the attention it has drawn. Robert Bringhurst
  484. Universal design systems can no longer be dismissed as the irrelevant musings of a small, localized design community. A second modernism has emerged, reinvigorating the utopian search for universal forms that marked the birth of design as a discourse and a discipline nearly a century earlier. Ellen Lupton
  485. Unvalidated design assumptions are risky design solutions. Mario Maruffi
  486. Usability testing should not be a stage gate in your design and development process. It should be a tool with which to gather helpful, diagnostic information from your target users. It’s a means of understanding the goodness of a design’s fit to the intended users’ problems. Paul J. Sherman
  487. Users will never forget how your product or service made them feel. Mario Maruffi
  488. Using a watermark on your work is like peeing on your belongings so no one will steal them. Thomas Amador
  489. UX suffers when we wall ourselves off from the rest of the organization. Getting people from other disciplines involved gives them the opportunity to feel that you’re all working toward a common goal. At the same time, it gives you the opportunity to advocate user-centered thinking and gain that critical buy-in. John Ferrara
  490. V.S. Pritchett’s definition of a short story is ‘something glimpsed from the corner of the eye, in passing.’ Notice the ‘glimpse’ part of this. First the glimpse. Then the glimpse gives life, turned into something that illuminates the moment and may, if we’re lucky — that word again — have even further ranging consequences and meaning. The short story writer’s task is to invest the glimpse with all that is in his power. He’ll bring his intelligence and literary skill to bear (his talent), his sense of proportion and sense of the fitness of things: of how things out there really are and how he sees those things — like no one else sees them. And this is done through the use of clear and specific language, language used so as to bring to life the details that will light up the story for the reader. For the details to be concrete and convey meaning, the language must be accurate and precisely given. The words can be so precise they may even sound flat, but they can still carry; if used right they can hit all the notes. Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose
  491. Very often the opinion of the clients must be disregarded in their own interest. John M. Johnson
  492. We are the un-proud non-possessors of objects whose chief substance is that of the transient symbol. Our Puritan fear of the love of things turns out to have been groundless after all, for we do not love things or even possess them: they pass through our lives as barium passes through the digestive tract, unassimilated, their function merely to flash signals along the way. Ralph Caplan
  493. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
  494. We create our future self by default or design. Nicole Cody
  495. We don’t need fashion to survive, we just desire it so much. Marc Jacobs
  496. We have this saying, Christy and I. We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day. Linda Evangelista
  497. We live in a time of renaissance … cities are coming back to life, after a long neglect. Daniel Libeskind
  498. We must never confuse elegance with snobbery. Yves Saint Laurent
  499. We shape our buildings: therefore they shape us. Winston Churchill
  500. We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls. Bill Bryson
  501. What about confusing clutter? Information overload? Doesn’t data have to be “boiled down” and “simplified”? These common questions miss the point, for the quantity of detail is an issue completely separate from the difficulty of reading. Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information. Edward R. Tufte
  502. What I really do believe is that anybody and it really doesn’t matter what shape your body is can be seductive and sexy and gorgeous and beautiful. I use an extreme idea of beauty as a way of showing Céline, but I don’t believe it has to be like that outside of the fashion show. Phoebe Philo
  503. What many refer to as intuition, then, is not the untaught or unteachable but instead is a learned understanding and respect of process, molded by experience and refined over a great deal of time and practice. Jon Kolko
  504. What the visionaries had in common was a particular love of craft and a desire to play. Petrula Vrontikis
  505. What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts. Ray Eames
  506. What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way. Iris Apfel
    When designing for digital mediums, it’s easy to become detached from how design decisions affect the end user. The word “user” itself can be a vehicle for that detachment. When the “user” doesn’t have a face and a name, it becomes a formless concept, blending in with other quantitative metrics and taking on any assumed needs to justify business decisions. It quickly becomes a number on a crowded dashboard, and its reaction to the product is just another metric to consider in an effort to increase revenue. Jonathan Shariat
  507. When I design and wonder what the point is, I think of someone having a bad time in their life. Maybe they are sad and they wake up and put on something I have made and it makes them feel just a bit better. So, in that sense, fashion is a little help in the life of a person. But only a little. Miuccia Prada
  508. When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I’m finished, if the solution is not beautiful I know it’s wrong. Buckminster Fuller
  509. When in doubt, wear red. Bill Blass
  510. When the image is new, the world is new. Gaston Bachelard
  511. When typography is on point, words become images. Shawn Lukas
  512. When we build, let us think that we build forever. John Ruskin
  513. When you design a product or service. You must understand. The whole customer journey Not just one small part. Mario Maruffi
  514. When you eliminate quality as a requirement, the entire design process becomes a whole lot easier. Jared M. Spool
  515. When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too. Vera Wang
  516. When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart. William Gibson
  517. Whenever something is engineered as complex, it is designed to keep you simple. Richard Diaz
  518. Whether we’re communicating with a human or a machine, the goal is to create a shared understanding of the world. That’s the point behind both the rules governing polite conversation and how a user-friendly machine should work. Cliff Kuang
  519. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed. Elle Woods
  520. Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping. Bo Derek
  521. Wisdom is to knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. David Starr
  522. You all know the argument from design: everything in the world is made just so that we can manage to live in the world, and if the world was ever so little different, we could not manage to live in it. That is the argument from design. It sometimes takes a rather curious form; for instance, it is argued that rabbits have white tails in order to be easy to shoot. I do not know how rabbits would view that application. Bertrand Russell
  523. You are what you are seen to be. Erik Spiekermann
  524. You can always go back after a tattoo has healed and add additional dark, but you can’t take it away once in the skin (short of tattoo removal). Thus, it is helpful to err on the side of too light when you are new to tattooing and let your client know to come back for a follow-up visit to adjust levels and possibly build up color. Shelly Dax
  525. You can do a good ad without good typography, but you can’t do a great ad without good typography. Herb Lubalin
  526. You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design. Stefan Sagmeister
  527. You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet. Christian Dior
  528. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. Steve Jobs
  529. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain
  530. You don’t have to be ‘a creative’ to be creative. Drory Ben-Menachem
  531. You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes. Diana Vreeland
  532. You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that. Charles
  533. You have to start with the customer experience and work your way back to technology. Steve Jobs
  534. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou
  535. You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject. Henri Matisse
  536. You want me to explain myself! give me a brush, not a pen. Kathe Epp
  537. You’re awesome and designed for success; live this day accordingly! Steve Maraboli
  538. Your objective should always be to eliminate instructions entirely by making everything self-explanatory, or as close to it as possible. When instructions are absolutely necessary, cut them back to a bare minimum. Steve Krug

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