Design quotes

The artist in me cries out for design.
Robert Frost

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

Trying to design the perfect plan is the perfect recipe for disappointment.
– Patrick Lencioni

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
– Coco Chanel

Everything we do is designed, whether we’re producing a magazine, a website, or a bridge. Design is really the creative invention that designs everything.
– Henry Petroski

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.
– Tom Peters

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.
– Paul Rand

My inspiration for interior design is more historical than traditional.
– Patrick Cox

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

If you have 50 different plug types, appliances wouldn’t be available and would be very expensive. But once an electric outlet becomes standardized, many companies can design appliances, and competition ensues, creating variety and better prices for consumers.
Bill Gates

I don’t design. I get what I think is a big idea, and I put the idea down. I’m not a designer. I’m a communicator.
– George Lois

I am always locked in my design studio.
– Valentino Garavani

Space is the breath of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Design is about point of view, and there should be some sort of woman or lifestyle or attitude in one’s head as a designer.
– Vera Wang

It’s very difficult to design something for someone if you have no empathy.
– Stewart Butterfield

The principle of the design – the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
– Venus Williams

I hate going out for lunch during a workday because it slows down my pace and ruins my rhythm. I prefer to eat at my desk. Actually, I wander around the design studio with a plate in my hand as I dine on, for example, salmon sashimi and a salad of tomatoes and mozzarella. I often have a bit of dark chocolate after lunch.
– Tom Ford

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

My job is to make desirable, luxurious, beautiful clothing and accessories women want to buy. My first decision is always based on, ‘Can I do this in a more sustainable way without sacrificing design?’ If I can, then there is no reason not to.
– Stella McCartney

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.
– Stephen Gardiner

Fear is present when we forget that we are a part of God’s divine design. Learning to experience authentic love means abandoning ego’s insistence that you have much to fear and that you are in an unfriendly world. You can make the decision to be free from fear and doubt and return to the brilliant light of love that is always with you.
Wayne Dyer

Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
– Ferdinand Porsche

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
– Friedrich August von Hayek

I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
– Ralph Lauren

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.
– Herbert Simon

Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.
– Kenzo Tange

Good design is good business.
– Thomas J. Watson

Design helps shape our everyday interactions through products, furniture, objects, or experiences.
– Joe Gebbia

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

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

Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
Billy Graham

Each season I strive to design a forward-thinking and effortless collection with a very clean minimalist aesthetic.
– Francisco Costa