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

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful. Dieter Rams

The details are not the details. They make the design. Charles Eames

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Chances are, unless I’m a designer, I don’t know what I want. All I know is I want something functional that looks good, is comparable with my competitors, and features constant colour schemes for branding. I’ll look at other designs that have already been created and ask for something similar. Hence, it is important that you can take the information I give and help me visualize what it is you think I want. Aditya Mahesh

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

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

Photoshop is a privilege, not a right. Dork Tower


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The function of design is letting design function. Micha Commeren

Interesting things never happen to me. I happen to them. Bernard Shaw

To be truly great, we have to understand the motivation of our clients, maintain constant two-way communication with shockingly uncreative people, get a firm handle on copywriting and how that craft exists symbiotically with the visual element, and foresee how the finished whole will be greater than the sum of the bits and pieces we spent hours obsessing over. All of these factors cascade into the final product. Kevin Potts

Less is more. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Getting addicted to design is bad for design. Andy Altmann

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I don’t care if you like it! I want to know if you understand it. JP Arevalo

Some designers create things to show you what they did. I design things to tell you what I solved. Brian Yerkes

Good ideas turn into good designs fairly quickly. If you catch yourself fiddling too much with colors, borders and treatments to bring a design together, chances are the problem lies somewhere deeper. Ryan Singer

People always ask, “What do you think of my site?” I want to say back to them, “Who cares what I think. Does it meet your site requirements? Has it been tested? Has each requirement been validated? Are your site guidelines being adhered to?” Kim Krause

Standards are like toothbrushes, everybody agrees you should have one, but no one wants to use yours. Joe Croser

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I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings. Daniel Libeskind

About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs. Manolo Blahnik

Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture. Peter York

It’s all in how you arrange the thing… the careful balance of the design is the motion. Andrew Wyeth

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. Steve Jobs

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You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. Walt Disney

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors. George Santayana

Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se. Charles Eames

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space. Philip Johnson

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all… good design must primarily serve people. Thomas J. Watson

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

The proper study of mankind is the science of design. Herbert Simon

Buildings designed with careful attention to aesthetics arouse and enlighten their occupants and that promotes their good health. Robert Evans

I like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body. Gianni Versace

To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need. Charles Eames

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Any product that needs a manual to work is broken. Elon Musk

Sometimes I can’t figure designers out. It’s as if they flunked human anatomy. Erma Bombeck

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent – not with how things are but with how they might be – in short, with design. Herbert Simon

Graphic design, which evokes the symmetria of Vituvius, the dynamic symmetry of Hambidge, the asymmetry of Mondrian; which is a good gestalt, generated by intuition or by computer, by invention or by a system of coordinates, is not good design if it does not communicate. Paul Rand

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Design is a process for making things right, for shaping what people need. Ralph Caplan

A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes. Christian Louboutin

Put yourself out there, being awesome is long tail. Allan Branch

It has taken my entire life to understand what I already knew about creating art in 3rd grade. Philip Carrera

There is only one type of designer — the type that cares about type. Rohan Nanavati

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A picture is worth a thousand dollars. Marty Neumeier

You came here because we do this better than you, and part of that is letting our creatives be unproductive until they are. Don Draper

Features are like having sex. You make one mistake and you have to support it for life. Dave McClure

All projects are different, but you have treat each one with care. Sometimes you get to build a luxury yacht; other times, it’ll be a rowboat. You still have to make sure the thing doesn’t spring a leak. Stefan G. Bucher

The medium is the message. Marshall McLuhan

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Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance. Samuel Johnson

It’s a very strange thing for a designer to say, but one of the things that really irritates me in products is when I’m aware of designers wagging their tails in my face. Jonathan Ive

Design works if it’s authentic, inspired, and has a clear point of view. It can’t be a collection of input. Ron Johnson

Good design doesn’t date. Bad design does. Paul Rand

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

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I’m not like most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired. Most of the time, it’s on my walk to work, or sitting in the subway and seeing something random or out of context. Alexander Wang

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. Paul Rand

Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love. Louis Kahn

A camel is a horse designed by committee. Alec Issigonis

I don’t start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate. Mike Davidson

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Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions. Coco Chanel

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it. Pierre Bonnard

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable. Donna Karan

Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep. Le Corbusier

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space. Tadao Ando

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Designing is a matter of concentration. You go deep into what you want to do. It’s about intensive research, really. The concentration is warm and intimate and like the fire inside the earth – intense but not distorted. You can go to a place, really feel it in your heart. It’s actually a beautiful feeling. Peter Zumthor

I think it’s really important to design things with a kind of personality. Marc Newson

Designs are increasingly winning competitions because they are literally green, and because somewhere they feature a small windmill. Rem Koolhaas

Design is not for philosophy it’s for life. Issey Miyake

I’m a designer, and I think if you work in fashion, you have to give people fantasy. Christian Louboutin

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The space within becomes the reality of the building. Frank Lloyd Wright

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. Charles Eames

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

I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time. There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing or accessories that are not practical. Giorgio Armani

Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers. Alexander McQueen

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In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone. Donald Norman

Perhaps believing in good design is like believing in God, it makes you an optimist. Terence

Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of every meeting in every single department. Tom Peters

Designers are very fickle. I never wanted to be a victim of that. You’re in one minute, out the next. Tyra Banks

The primary factor is proportions. Arne Jacobsen

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Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings. Robert Collier

The design of each element should be thought out in order to be easy to make and easy to repair. Leo Fender

Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste. William Butler Yeats

In the end, I hope there’s a little note somewhere that says I designed a good computer. Steve Wozniak

I believe in empty spaces; they’re the most wonderful thing. Anselm Kiefer

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It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression. Henri Matisse

A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. Niklaus Wirth

Great designers seldom make great advertising men, because they get overcome by the beauty of the picture – and forget that merchandise must be sold. James Randolph Adams

The aim of being a good designer is to have an influence. If you design furniture or lifestyle, you should influence the way people evolve globally. It’s good to have an influence. Olivier Theyskens

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Anyone with a computer and a design program can create a page layout. But unless you’re trained in design, it won’t look very good and it won’t communicate very well. John Maeda

I don’t think there is anything wrong with white space. I don’t think it’s a problem to have a blank wall. Annie Leibovitz

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. Anna Quindlen

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn

British innovation in design, in the creative arts, in engineering and manufacturing is world class. Margaret Heffernan