Design Quotes

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

— Steve Jobs

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

The artist in me cries out for design.

— Robert Frost

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

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

— Erma Bombeck

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.

— Samuel Johnson

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

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

I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.

— Ralph Lauren

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

— Tyra Banks

Good design is good business.

— Thomas J. Watson

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

— Thomas J. Watson

The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.

— Harry Bertoia

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

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

— Herbert Simon

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 details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.

— Arthur Erickson

Sacred spaces can be created in any environment.

— Christy Turlington

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

— Ron Johnson

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

— Terence

Delay always breeds danger and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

— Miguel de Cervantes

Luck is the residue of design.

— Branch Rickey

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

— Pierre Bonnard

Good buildings come from good people, ad all problems are solved by good design.

— Stephen Gardiner

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

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.

— Charles Eames

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

— Louis Kahn

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

Design is not for philosophy it’s for life.

— Issey Miyake

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

— Manolo Blahnik

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

This is what I like about being a designer: You can’t really get it until you see it.

— Isaac Mizrahi

To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.

— Charles J. Givens

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

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

— Niklaus Wirth

Design is everything. Everything!

— Paul Rand

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

— Gianni Versace

The primary factor is proportions.

— Arne Jacobsen

I design for the woman who loves being a woman.

— Diane von Furstenberg

Good design doesn’t date.

— Harry Seidler

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

— Marc Newson

Accessible design is good design.

— Steve Ballmer

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

— Donald Norman

The proper study of mankind is the science of design.

— Herbert Simon

So, to really execute design in its highest form and making people feel joy, that’s a great reward.

— Genevieve Gorder

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

What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together.

— Mitchell Kapor

Design is people.

— Jane Jacobs

A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.

— Edith Head

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

— Leo Fender

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

I would think twice about designing stuff for which there was no need and which didn’t endure.

— Robin Day

Design is an unknown.

— Geoffrey Beene

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

— Kenzo Tange

Outside of the chair, the teapot is the most ubiquitous and important design element in the domestic environment and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one.

— David McFadden

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

— Milton Glaser

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

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

— Ivan Chermayeff

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

— Jim Rohn

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

— Jim Rohn

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

— Douglas Adams

A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

— Steve Jobs

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

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

— Henry David Thoreau

Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. The iMac is not just the color or translucence or the shape of the shell. The essence of the iMac is to be the finest possible consumer computer in which each element plays together.

— Steve Jobs

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

— Steve Jobs

The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it.

— Steve Jobs

I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.

— Bob Dylan

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.

— Bill Gates

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.

— Charles Stanley

Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.

— Marcus Aurelius

The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.

— Frank Zappa

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

— John Adams

The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

— Richard Dawkins

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.

— Freeman Dyson

Obviously, I come from one background, and the people that design fitness equipment have been doing it for years and years, and they know what works and doesn’t work.

— Lance Armstrong

As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings.

— Stockwell Day

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought – asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.

— William Butler Yeats

Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.

— B. F. Skinner

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

— Tom Peters

Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that’s because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection.

— Richard Dawkins

Designing is my hobby. If I didn’t do what I do for a living – at some point when I don’t do this for a living – I’ll probably just do design work. I love finding really special pieces of furniture.

— Ellen DeGeneres

An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

— Daniel J. Boorstin

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

— George Santayana

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

— David Hockney

We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.

— Les Brown

I really see myself continuing to design clothes, fragrances.

— Kim Kardashian

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.

— Jim Henson

How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design?

— Kinky Friedman

Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.

— David Herbert Lawrence

Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.

— Freeman Thomas

I don’t act, I don’t direct, I don’t design.

— Tom Stoppard

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.

— David Hume

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

The only thing Martha and I have in common is that we both used to model. Martha Stewart is extremely talented. Her designs are picture perfect. Our philosophy is life is messy, and rather than being afraid of those messes we design products that work the way we live.

— Kathy Ireland

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

I’m a total control freak and love to participate in the design of every single aspect of life.

— Drew Barrymore

When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.

— Vera Wang

Gaming in general is a male thing. It isn’t that gaming is designed to exclude women. Everybody who’s tried to design a game to interest a large female audience has failed. And I think that has to do with the different thinking processes of men and women.

— Gary Gygax

The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one’s preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.

— Jean Cocteau

At some point in your life, if you’re lucky, you get to design the way in which things evolve.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

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

— Andrew Wyeth

I was very interested in theatre, mostly in stage design. I did a little bit of acting.

— Jim Henson

We thought it would be fun to try to design a show that would work well internationally and so that’ s what we’re intending to do with Fraggle Rock, and we are indeed now selling it around the world.

— Jim Henson

Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world – which, like it or not, is modern reality.

— Camille Paglia

I have always had an interest in fashion and design and I appreciate style and timelessness within my footwear and accessories both on and off the court.

— Maria Sharapova

I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.

— Mikhail Kalashnikov

Summer blockbusters are very expensive to make. They have things that have to be expensive, such as 600 effects shots or CG characters that have to go a certain way, or a film design that is different but expensive.

— Ang Lee

I’m not really a fashion designer. I just love clothes. I’ve never been to design school. I can’t sketch. I can’t cut patterns and things. I can shorten things. I can make a dress out of a scarf.

— Kate Moss

I help design my own tennis clothes.

— Maria Sharapova

Ever since I was young I loved making things and being part of the design process.

— Maria Sharapova

All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can’t design anything without thinking of how a woman’s body will look and move when she’s wearing it.

— Vera Wang

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

The design of Rhetoric is to remove those Prejudices that lie in the way of Truth, to Reduce the Passions to the Government of Reasons to place our Subject in a Right Light, and excite our Hearers to a due consideration of it.

— Mary Astell

Interior design is a business of trust.

— Venus Williams

People who run a ready-to-wear company are businessmen rather than production or design people.

— Calvin Klein

You can be a mason and build 50 buildings, but it doesn’t mean you can design one.

— John Malkovich

I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.

— John Malkovich

Well, I design costumes because I started with the theater in Chicago, but somehow a few lines just sort of fell to me to do it. And I studied it in school and I always liked it.

— John Malkovich

Let’s be realistic, how many people are buying a $2,000 skirt? I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today.

— Vera Wang

While a case can be made for intelligent design, I can’t figure out why some Christians are so thrilled about that possibility. First of all, it doesn’t prove there’s a God. If anything, intelligent design lends support to some form of pantheism that defines God as immanent within nature.

— Tony Campolo

I come from a different era and I design clothes for our era. I think of people I want to dress when I design.

— Alexander McQueen

Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.

— Alexander McQueen

I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.

— Alexander McQueen

After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.

— Arthur Erickson

No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them.

— Arthur Erickson

My style is kind of eclectic and I don’t like to do the same thing over and over again. I like to have fun and explore myself so you won’t see the same design.

— Venus Williams

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

— Venus Williams

But, alas! what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have a higher Design than to get her a Husband?

— Mary Astell

I like the gritty parts of fashion, the design, the studio, the pictures.

— Vera Wang

Book-jacket design may become a lost art, like album-cover design, without which late-20th-century iconography would have been pauperized.

— James Wolcott

Design is important, it’s an important dimension in the car. It’s not the only one.

— Carlos Ghosn

Music is where I have the most creative freedom, but I love producing. To me, that’s kind of where all the action is. You get a chance to have your hands in every aspect of a film. From picking a director, sometimes picking a writer, to the actors, the wardrobe, set design, editing, music, and marketing.

— Ice Cube

A person should design the way he makes a living around how he wishes to make a life.

— Charlie Byrd

That was always my frustration with so many of these shows, because design is not an ambush… it’s a relationship. You have to know how people move and live and work to be able to design for them.

— Genevieve Gorder

The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.

— David Rockefeller

It would have been difficult to design a path out of communism worse than the one that has been followed.

— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Can you design a Rorschach test that’s going to make everyone feel something every time – and that looks like a Rorschach test? It’s easy to show a picture of a kitten or a car accident. The question is, how abstract can you get and still get the audience to feel something when they don’t know what’s happening to them?

— Jason Reitman

All those lessons that I’ve learned on the court, I have applied them to my life outside of the court in business, my company, called V Starr interiors, an interior design company, and EleVen, which I wear on court.

— Venus Williams

I love design.

— Venus Williams

I’d love to design bridal dresses.

— Lauren Conrad

I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.’

— Kanye West

So, I’m always around video games but I’ve always been interested in them from a visual perspective, with the graphic design and that whole thing. I don’t know if that comes from my love of photography or what but that’s always what’s held my interest about them.

— Sophia Bush

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

I mean, I think about it, but I don’t design my record to get a certain public response.

— Liz Phair

Marc Jacobs is full of creative people and Louis Vuitton is again a name on the door, a name that has existed for many years but I’m a collaborator there and I bring in other people, other artists and I work with a great creative design team.

— Marc Jacobs

But I’m blessed to work with great people. I collaborate with brilliant stylists both here and in Paris. I work with a great design team. I really allow everyone to bring their ideas. I almost rely on them to inspire me.

— Marc Jacobs

I approve designs not because I think I am more gifted or somebody who can see ahead three or four years from now, but just to make sure that the design is a logical, rational decision, taken after analyzing pros and cons.

— Carlos Ghosn

When I come to a design decision, people know that is that.

— Carlos Ghosn

For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation.

— Kim Campbell

Pete Dye introduced me to golf course design back in the 1960’s. He came to my hometown Columbus, Ohio to work on The Golf Club.

— Jack Nicklaus

I’ve wanted to design golf courses ever since I was a kid. I suppose it comes from the way I’ve played the game. To find the proper way to play any hole, I’ve always begun by asking myself what the architect has tried to do with it.

— Jack Nicklaus

A Nicklaus Design golf course is done by the guys in my company that I work with, that have been trained in my vision, and they do what they think I might do. They might come in the office and ask me questions and I’d certainly answer their questions, but I’m not involved in the site visits or anything else.

— Jack Nicklaus

A jellyfish is little more than a pulsating bell, a tassel of trailing tentacles and a single digestive opening through which it both eats and excretes – as regrettable an example of economy of design as ever was.

— Jeffrey Kluger

Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature.

— Roberto Cavalli

I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer. In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.

— Len Wein

Britain’s great strength is its innovative, design and engineering natural ability and we’re not using it.

— James Dyson

I don’t design down to a price.

— James Dyson

I’m not into politics but I am committed to a cause: ensuring design technology and engineering stays on the U.K. curriculum, alongside science and maths – grounding abstract theory, merging the practical with the academic.

— James Dyson

When you say ‘design,’ everybody thinks of magazine pages. So it’s an emotive word. Everybody thinks it’s how something looks, whereas for me, design is pretty much everything.

— James Dyson

I don’t particularly follow the Bauhaus school of design, where you make everything into a black box – simplify it.

— James Dyson

Design and technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.

— James Dyson

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

— Charles Eames

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

— Charles Eames

I think fashion is a lot of fun. I love clothes. More than fashion or brand labels, I love design. I love the thought that people put into clothes. I love when clothes make cultural statements and I think personal style is really cool. I also freely recognize that fashion should be a hobby.

— Anne Hathaway

I’d like to design something like a city or a museum. I want to do something hands on rather than just play golf which is the sport of the religious right.

— Brad Pitt

I’m drawn to furniture design as complete architecture on a minor scale.

— Brad Pitt

McSweeney’s as a publishing company is built on a business model that only works when we sell physical books. So we try to put a lot of effort into the design and production of the book-as-object.

— Dave Eggers

When I announced the development of Perl 6, I said it was going to be a community design. I designed Perl, myself. It’s limited by my own brain power. So I wanted Perl 6 to be a community design.

— Larry Wall

I’ve always been a bit of a decorator. I think if I wasn’t a singer I’d probably be in stage setting or interior design or something. I like clutter and I’m quite visually greedy. I can’t have things to be plain I have to have things looking interesting… maybe I’m just a frustrated interior designer stuck in a singing career.

— Florence Welch

I think a lot of times people design restaurants with flash in mind. I think you should design restaurants with function in mind. Make sure it’s functional and works with what you’re trying to accomplish. Design can come later.

— Bobby Flay

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

— Tom Peters

I am a fashion designer. I’m not an environmentalist. When I get up in the morning, number one I’m a mother and a wife, and number two I design clothes. So the main thing I need to do is create, hopefully, exquisitely beautiful, desirable objects for my customer.

— Stella McCartney

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.

— Christopher Alexander

Once you understand this way, you will be able to make your room alive you will be able to design a house together with your family a garden for your children places where you can work beautiful terraces where you can sit and dream.

— Christopher Alexander

We worked with the engineers in the design and construction and testing phases in those various areas, then we would get back together at the end of the week and brief each other as to what had gone on.

— Alan Shepard

The level of detail and craft is something that’s inscribed within the original design concept. And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing I want the building to have.

— Tadao Ando

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don’t care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.

— Tim Berners-Lee

People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

Luckily I don’t have to buy shoes anymore, because I design them! I’m off tour, so I can dive in and create the shoes that I want for my line. But okay, I did buy a pair of vintage combat boots because they were so beaten up – I had to have them.

— Fergie

When we were in the design studio I always was pretending like I was in a closet asking my friend before I step out into the world what do I look like? And everybody wants that honest friend before they go and go to dinner or go to an event.

— Nicole Richie

I am extremely involved in the design process of both my brands, Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960.

— Nicole Richie

What I’ve learned from different designers is that it’s key to be true to who you are and your vision. That’s always been my line of thinking. Working through the whole design process, I don’t want to create something I wouldn’t be proud to wear.

— Kellan Lutz

I learn my lines while on the golf course. I try to do two or three things at once. I have ideas for books all the time, I have ideas for paintings all the time, and I write them all down. I take my sketchpad and my iPad, which I design on, and I do sit down and do specific tasks at specific times.

— Jane Seymour

The wisdom of crowds works when the crowd is choosing the price of an ox, when there’s a single numeric average. But if it’s a design or something that matters, the decision is made by committee, and that’s crap. You want people and groups who are able to think thoughts before they share.

— Jaron Lanier

The basic problem is that web 2.0 tools are not supportive of democracy by design. They are tools designed to gather spy-agency-like data in a seductive way, first and foremost, but as a side effect they tend to provide software support for mob-like phenomena.

— Jaron Lanier

In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route.

— Charles Eames

I’m opinionated. I always stick to my design plan. I don’t waver.

— Douglas Wilson

There is no city in America that has reduced crime as much as we have in the last three years. This is not the product of accident. This is the product of design.

— Rudy Giuliani

To be able to design for the plus-sized consumer, for me, that’s just beyond. It’s a dream.

— Khloe Kardashian

I was a cartoonist when I was at university, but I decided to go into movie making knowing that I could still draw by doing movies, design work, story boards, and such.

— Robert Rodriguez

In just six weeks from the time the design was started, we had the motor on the block testing its power.

— Orville Wright

Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it’s not a product it’s an understanding of human nature.

— Ai Weiwei

I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De Meuron’s invitation to collaborate on the design, and our proposal won the competition. From beginning to end, I stayed with the project. I am committed to fostering relationships between a city and its architecture.

— Ai Weiwei

If you only design menus that are essentially junk or fast food, the whole infrastructure supports junk.

— Jamie Oliver

God is His own Design and End, and that there is no other Worthy of Him.

— Mary Astell

I’ve never had anyone define purity. You probably can’t define purity. Purity is to live according to original design.

— Josh McDowell

I’d like to do a lot of things – whether in design or architecture or business.

— Caroline Wozniacki

I studied literature design and fashion design.

— Danielle Steel

Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era – it’s a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good.

— Clement Mok

I majored in fashion design in school, and I have always wanted to design my own line of clothing, jewelry, and stuff like that so this was just a step for me in that direction.

— Diana Ross

We should always look upon ourselves as God’s servants, placed in God’s world, to do his work and accordingly labour faithfully for him not with a design to grow rich and great, but to glorify God, and do all the good we possibly can.

— David Brainerd

Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.

— Walter Gropius

Organisms by their design are not made to adapt too far.

— Kevin Kelly

Species go extinct because there are historical contraints built into a given body or a given design.

— Kevin Kelly

The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior and the land beyond the garden.

— Stephen Gardiner

French architecture always manages to combine the most magnificent underlying themes of architecture like Roman design, it looks to the community.

— Stephen Gardiner

Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.

— Tadao Ando

All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it’s difficult to quantify the attachment.

— Tadao Ando

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

— Donna Karan

Design can have such a positive impact on the way people live and on their relationships and moods.

— Genevieve Gorder

Design my own line? No, I just like the culture.

— ASAP Rocky

I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it’s often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.

— Pharrell Williams

It would be nice to design a real briefcase – you open it up and it’s your computer but it also stores your books.

— Steve Wozniak

If I designed a computer with 200 chips, I tried to design it with 150. And then I would try to design it with 100. I just tried to find every trick I could in life to design things real tiny.

— Steve Wozniak

No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with anything like English, Mandarin, or any of the more than six thousand languages spoken today.

— Joshua Foer

I am always locked in my design studio.

— Valentino Garavani

It’s funny now how much we look at – whatever you want to call it: art, design, culture stuff, film – online, and how in the online world, you’re instantly global.

— Mike Mills

I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots.

— James Cameron

I’m not a size 0, and I’m nowhere close to it. But, I don’t want anyone to know what I am so I like to design clothes so you don’t know what’s going on under there.

— Rachel Roy

I can’t design anything unless I’m excited by it, meaning I have an urge to wear it.

— Rachel Roy

Martha Stewart is extremely talented. Her designs are picture perfect. Our philosophy is life is messy, and rather than being afraid of those messes we design products that work the way we live.

— Kathy Ireland

I won’t give up my day job of design.

— Kathy Ireland

They say that the best furniture and clothing design from the ’50s and ’60s is Scandinavian or Milanese.

— Christian Lacroix

French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism.

— Christian Lacroix

For me, I am still very happy to be able to do stage design as it’s an opportunity to express the extreme.

— Christian Lacroix

The architect, Peter Arens who is the monstrous carbuncle architect, not merely did his design which had won a public competition never get built but his practice suffered financially for some years.

— Anthony Holden

Design is a word that’s come to mean so much that it’s also a word that has come to mean nothing.

— Jonathan Ive

You can get a lot of design testing of your missile program, and you can do a lot of – there’s other ways other than physically to develop your weaponization program to get you very close to the real deal.

— Mike Rogers

The gays like ‘Project Runway’ because it’s a fashion, and the gays are into fashion and into design. It’s a creative industry, and most of the gays are pretty creative, in general. That’s just like the culture. We’re not all into politics necessarily. We’re more into the creative environment. I also think Heidi is a big draw. The boys love Heidi and think she’s so fabulous. I just think it’s a glitzy, fun show, and there are also always lots of gay boys on it, and, you know, that’s fun.

— Christian Siriano

The industry’s changed so much that you can’t just design something, put on a great show, and say, ‘Okay, my job is done.’

— Alexander Wang

User-centered design means understanding what your users need, how they think, and how they behave – and incorporating that understanding into every aspect of your process.

— Jesse James Garrett

After the Great Depression and after public urging, a nationwide public competition was held to determine a design for a memorial that would honor President Thomas Jefferson’s bold vision for westward expansion for America.

— Russ Carnahan

I design for myself and the first question I ask is, ‘Would I wear it?’

— Claudia Schiffer

I’ve never mentioned this, but when I was at Parsons teaching, the other design disciplines, they don’t like fashion design. They see it as very nineteenth-century.

— Tim Gunn

With fashion, you really need to understand the aspects of construction. Not just design on an iPad.

— Tim Gunn

Although my art work was heavily informed by my design work on a formal and visual level, as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.

— Barbara Kruger

When I was very, very young, seven years old, I heard there was school where you could go to learn to draw. That was my absolute driven passion, to become an artist or a painter. So the romantic realist in me, I studied to be a graphic design artist and an art teacher.

— David Coverdale

I had a faux-hawk for a while and I used to buzz the sides and design it. It was really bad.

— Joe Jonas

I have never seen a game’s graphics look so sharp and clean. The sound design for the game is also unique on the Xbox. The memory on this system allowed us to provide the user with 5.1 Dolby surround sound for home theatre owners.

— Don Bluth

I have a secret thought from some things I have observed, that God may perhaps design you for some singular service in the world.

— David Brainerd

In regards to being a fashion aficionado, there’s a certain amount of taking yourself seriously in the professional world. The self-effacing person can’t completely go down the serious road. But I design, and love when things are beautiful.

— St. Vincent

So that ideas of sort of relaxed symmetry have been something for years that I have been concerned with because I think that symmetry is a neutral shape as opposed to a form of design.

— Robert Rauschenberg

But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs.

— Niklaus Wirth

Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction, and the selected examples should be such that a gradual development can be nicely demonstrated.

— Niklaus Wirth

I have been wildly enthused about gaming since I was younger, and a career path I chose not to go down but did really consider was getting into programming and game design.

— Trent Reznor

I write the way you might arrange flowers. Not every try works, but each one launches another. Every constraint, even dullness, frees up a new design.

— Richard Powers

There are two kinds of designers: ones who are very happy locked in their office surrounded by their coterie. The last thing they need to do is to go to a trunk show they’d go running for the hills. I not only enjoy it, I think, how do you design things that are applicable to life – unless you live it?

— Michael Kors

People kind of tend to mystify design and architecture by suggesting you need to train.

— Marc Newson

Well, I never studied design and I went to art school to study art, you know, sculpture and things like that, and ended up making things like sculpture and started making chairs and jewelry together and that’s how I started.

— Marc Newson

Design schools are good, I guess, sometimes I visit schools, but they are very very limiting.

— Marc Newson

So if I design it and then go away, it’s still living somewhere and it still exists by itself without me.

— Marc Newson

So if I want to buy a light in a shop and I don’t find a light that I like, I think to myself what would I like? What would I like to buy? Then I started to imagine and design it for myself a lot of the time.

— Marc Newson

I think it is really important to have a sense of business. As a designer you can get so wrapped up in the design and fashion side that you forget the business side.

— Tommy Hilfiger

Websites are kind of useless. There’s so much great web content and design out there, but the ways in which they are being experienced are not being maximized.

— Dhani Harrison

If you were the first person ever to design an application for the iPhone and you patented it, you would be very, very better off than we are right now, you know? But you’ve got to be the first one to do it. So I figured that Led Zeppelin or the Stones were going to do it unless we just got on to it. So I got cracking with the guys from Apple.

— Dhani Harrison

After working with clothes for so long, it seemed right to design them.

— L’Wren Scott

The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.

— Colleen Atwood

I am extremely excited to develop and design a brand representative of my life, experiences and style. Working closely with Cherokee will help establish a worldwide presence with best-in-class retailers and category leaders.

— Alessandra Ambrosio

While I was at college studying design I decided to paint. I was also greatly inspired by the colours that I had seen on my travels in the Brazilian Rain forest.

— John Dyer

We must carefully consider card security solutions, such as adding photographs or machine-readable electronic strips, so to prevent further breaches of individual privacy that could result from changes to the design of Social Security Cards.

— Ron Lewis

Internet safety begins at home and that is why my legislation would require the Federal Trade Commission to design and publish a unique website to serve as a clearinghouse and resource for parents, teachers and children for information on the dangers of surfing the Internet.

— Mike Fitzpatrick

Readers always seem to think that the author has some control over the design of their books.

— Donald Norman

It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases, when everything goes right, or when all the information required is available in proper format.

— Donald Norman

User-centered design means working with your users all throughout the project.

— Donald Norman

Also note that invariably when we design something that can be used by those with disabilities, we often make it better for everyone.

— Donald Norman

I prefer design by experts – by people who know what they are doing.

— Donald Norman

The federal debt in this country is principally of Republican design.

— Daniel Keys Moran

Stargate by far is the top of the pile when it comes to Sci-Fi. The quality is great. They have really good writers, production design, lighting, wardrobe.

— Corin Nemec

We are not inferring design to account for a black box, but to account for an open box.

— Michael Behe

It’s about the power of design and the power of the human spirit. It’s above paying anybody to do something stupid for money like reality television does – like ambushing people.

— Genevieve Gorder

I think taking design out of the studio and really having a relationship with the people that you’re making it for really convinced me of how powerful a thing design is. It’s not just an aesthetic decoration.

— Genevieve Gorder

One of the best animated films I’ve seen come out of Disney was the Tarzan movie. I wasn’t crazy about the story or the design on Tarzan’s face, but the traditional animation was spectacular.

— Ralph Bakshi

I was in college, and very disappointed. I majored in commercial art and interior design for three or four years. At that time, it seemed the thing I really wanted to do, production design, just wasn’t available in the U.K., so I turned to music.

— Eric Burdon

I like to think that the Internet and file sharing, if utilized properly and embraced, and I emphasize properly, is a high-powered marketing design.

— Seal

I wanted to be a decorator. I wanted to interior design homes and do everything myself.

— Ursula Andress

Through the harsh design of fate, Florida was dealt the unfortunate circumstances of bearing the brunt of not one but two hurricanes, and it appears more dark clouds are poised to visit the Sunshine State.

— Ginny Brown-Waite

Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.

— Robert Shea

Ultimately we may still ask, why can’t humans design a perfect society?

— Robert Shea

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, is more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.

— Marilyn French

And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.

— Daniel Libeskind

For me, if I can design beautiful things that have the price be lower, I am thrilled.

— Tory Burch

You can design a mortgage system that is different without a Fannie and Freddie, but there are principles you have to have, to have a good system.

— Jamie Dimon

Traditional horizontal search engines cannot always identify the target audience, niche or vertical industry of a page or site. Vertical search engines address this issue by the nature of their design. They identify sites according to more specific criteria and sometimes even by human input.

— Marc Ostrofsky

Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that.

— Valentino Garavani

I like the personality of the Belgians. They’re deeply eccentric, which is something that comes across in their design – terrific.

— Miranda Richardson

I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve the education of the poor, and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution of a society or committee for that purpose, it would render the design abortive.

— Joseph Lancaster

I think gardens are fantastic, and I’d love to draw and design and stuff like that. I love just planting flowers during the summer. There’s something very humble about it, and natural and beautiful.

— Ed Westwick

Three years ago the Government announced the creation of Reconciliation Place, and said that it would include a memorial to those removed from their families. However, they refused to include any of those who were removed in the design of their own memorial.

— Malcolm Fraser

In its report, the Cox Committee concludes that China is using stolen U.S. design information to speed up its deployment of a new nuclear missile force.

— Charles Foster Bass

The United States government first learned of the diversion of the W-88 nuclear warhead design in late 1995.

— Charles Foster Bass

That’s a hobby of mine – to do whatever I can for unusual for-hire creative projects. I am waiting for someone to really challenge me – obviously I’m often approached to do film related work, but I would be very happy to design a bar or an amusement park ride. I would love to be an imagineer!

— Roman Coppola

I do love DVD and I’ve always taken them seriously. You know, on the Austin things, we really put a ton of work into them because there’s so much design involved. And in this one, we thought a lot about it and what could go in.

— Jay Roach

My biggest role as director on the film is keeping a sense of the overview – how to cast the movie and shoot it in such a way that it will cut together. And how to design the style and tone.

— Jay Roach

Through no divine design or cosmic plan, we have inherited the mantle of life’s caretaker on the earth, the only home we have ever known.

— Michael Shermer

No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.

— Michael Ende

I’ve generally got a good eye for design and proportion.

— Bruce Oldfield

The demise of Google Reader, if logical, is a reminder of how far we’ve come from the cuddly old ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Google days, in which there was a foreseeably-astonishing delight in the way Google’s evolving design tricks anticipated what users would like.

— James Fallows

When nearly a third of our high school students do not graduate on time with their peers, we have work to do. We must design our middle and high schools so that no student gets lost in the crowd and disconnected from his or her own potential.

— Christine Gregoire

Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the gag comes to you in the middle of it. That is when you start working on the solution of the gag, which is composition, placing, equilibrium, and character design.

— Sergio Aragones

In two days, it’s hard to to get the quality you would normally want for a design project.

— Douglas Wilson

I look at each episode in two ways – from a design standpoint and from an entertainment standpoint – this is TV, after all. We usually succeed on at least one of the levels.

— Douglas Wilson

Throughout the country, I see the same design problems and solutions over and over.

— Douglas Wilson

I gave the couple a hint of a design that would work great with the bones of their home. They weren’t ready for it, and they embarrassed themselves and that’s too bad.

— Douglas Wilson

Being in the design industry, I’ve tended to meet more people who are affected by HIV and AIDS.

— Douglas Wilson

The Final Jeopardy! questions seem to be, by design, things you can’t know. And so it’s not about who knows them, but who can figure them out in thirty seconds.

— Ken Jennings

At our company, our Design and Construction Consulting Service Team not only helps eliminate the risks inherent in the construction process, they typically save our clients 5% – 10% on overall construction costs. They also help make sure projects come in on time.

— Roger Staubach

It was always my goal to ‘up the ante’ on good design and rye devoted much of my career to this.

— Michael Graves

Beautiful Evidence is about the theory and practice of analytical design.

— Edward Tufte

I do believe that there are some universal cognitive tasks that are deep and profound – indeed, so deep and profound that it is worthwhile to understand them in order to design our displays in accord with those tasks.

— Edward Tufte

I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May ’43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in ’42 – even in my position. This aircraft didn’t have any priority in design or production.

— Adolf Galland

Longhorns are unique – each and every one of them is a different color with a different design.

— Janine Turner

I design my shots. I walk the rehearsal as the camera and say ‘this is where I want to be… I want this look.

— Debbie Allen

There is no reason to design buildings that are more basic and rectilinear, because with concrete you can cover almost any space.

— Oscar Niemeyer

I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design.

— Jonathan Ive

Perhaps I’d like to design cars, but I don’t think I’d be much good at it.

— Jonathan Ive

If you’re talking to an architect, he can look at a blank piece of paper, and once the initial design is there, the formula kicks in. Each room should have something unique and different about it – much the same way that in a song, every eight bars or so, a new piece of information should be introduced.

— Ryan Tedder

Computers are scary. They’re nightmares to fix, lose our stuff, and, on occasion, they crash, producing the blue screen of death. Steve Jobs knew this. He knew that computers were bulky and hernia-inducing and Darth Vader black. He understood the value of declarative design.

— Wesley Morris

It was something I was more interested in myself. When I went to see my sister dance at ballet, I was really into costumes and the arts, and my family was also supportive of whatever me and my sister wanted to do. I would say I pushed myself the most to be into design.

— Christian Siriano

So I went for engineering, specifically product design, which I enjoyed.

— Debi Thomas

When I started this project, I was a young architect. I was very apprehensive about any changes to the design. Whether I wanted to or not, I learned that you can accept some changes to its form without compromising its intent. But it’s a leap of faith that I didn’t want to make initially – to put it mildly.

— Michael Arad

For two years nobody talked about anything other than the name arrangement. There was no fund-raising and no progress being made on construction and design.

— Michael Arad

How do you design it so that people can form a space of their own, and feel quiet and contemplative?

— Michael Arad

I really appreciate artists of the 20th century, and I can see a lot of their influence on my work, but to suggest that my design only fits within an ‘ism’ kind of bothers me.

— Michael Arad

I used to design for my body, which was flat-chested with big hips. That’s why my clothes were tight on top with full skirts.

— Betsey Johnson

We have no general conceptual thrust for the band, other than trying to make music that keeps our interest. When things are novel, they are probably things we have discovered by accident or investigation rather than by design.

— Steve Albini

Initially, it was the unpractical in fashion that brought me to design my own line. I felt that it was much more attractive to cut clothes with respect for the living, three-dimensional body rather than to cover the body with decorative ideas.

— Jil Sander

I think there is always a need for pure design. With pure design, you don’t need so much decoration.

— Jil Sander

It may sound ambitious, but I really hope that modern design will spread all around the globe.

— Jil Sander

Everyone by now presumably knows about the danger of premature optimization. I think we should be just as worried about premature design – designing too early what a program should do.

— Paul Graham

I had been impressed by the fact that biological systems were based on molecular machines and that we were learning to design and build these sorts of things.

— K. Eric Drexler

Punk’s influence on music, movies, art, design and fashion is no longer in doubt. It is used as the measurement for what is cool.

— Malcolm Mclaren

Through all aspects of society be it art, design, the financial markets, government, technology or communications we are witnessing unprecedented global transformation – the result of which is impossible to predict.

— Malcolm Mclaren

So the premise of ‘The Submission’ is that there’s an anonymous competition to design a 9/11 memorial and it’s won by an American Muslim, an architect born and raised in Virginia, and his name is Mohammad Khan.

— Amy Waldman

I have had this view of the optimization of the electrode design for a long time. Historically we went through various phases in the work and eventually worked on large sheets – very large sheets – of palladium.

— Martin Fleischmann

If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings.

— Lance Loud

Wherever there is a design that is highly successful in a broad range of similar environments, it is apt to emerge again and again, independently – the phenomenon known in biology as convergent evolution. I call these designs ‘good tricks.’

— Daniel Dennett

There is a group of individuals who are radical jihadists. We need to call them by name. They believe it is OK to kill people in the name of their religion. It is not all of Islam. It is not all Muslims. But there is a subgroup who believe it is OK. In fact, it is their plan and design to kill people.

— Tim Pawlenty

And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church, by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins.

— Thomas Keneally

So much of it is the design of the shot or the motion of the character it’s the work you do so that it has the same things that are in the movie. In just a few frames it’s got to communicate something clearly and dramatically.

— Dennis Muren

Unfortunately, the client that exists today is still pretty much the prototype design.

— Shawn Fanning

English is taking over the world. I just wrote a piece about it. And it’s not by design. The United States dominates because it’s the biggest market.

— Norman Spinrad

My training as an engineer has enabled me to design the stuff, but the reason I do it is not to make music but for the opportunity to work with musicians.

— Robert Moog

The point is that I don’t design stuff for myself. I’m a toolmaker. I design things that other people want to use.

— Robert Moog

Leon Theremin’s original designs are elegant, ingenious and effective. As electronics goes, the theremin is very simple. But there are so many subtleties hidden in the details of the design. It’s like a great sonnet, or a painting, or a speech, that is perfectly done on more than one level.

— Robert Moog

We used to be referred to as bakers and then we became known as cake decorators and now we are known as cake designers. I teach at the French Culinary Institute in New York and cake design is a legitimate profession.

— Ron Ben-Israel

It was by design that we mostly used pictures that you could not necessarily see what was going on, and that didn’t really focus in on the band, but instead focused in on a theme.

— Mike McCready

There is not necessarily a good reason why a regulator should have to be involved in product design and marketing for rich and sophisticated investors. We recommend that such investors should be able to sign a piece of paper, which allows them to go ahead and buy unregulated products at their own risk.

— John Redwood

Last year, Congress gave the Department of Defense the authority to design a new civilian personnel system for its employees as part of the defense authorization bill.

— Norm Dicks

I design some of my own clothes now.

— Kiernan Shipka

I now add, farther, that the apostle’s argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.

— Jonathan Mayhew

Biological engineering is not necessarily understanding systems but rather, I want to be able to design and build biological systems to perform particular applications.

— Drew Endy

It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.

— Richard Steele

Once I got out of architecture school I decided not to be an architect, I just started my own little design studio.

— Joseph Kosinski

I don’t set goals. Like, that’s what I want to be doing however many years from now. I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that’s what I’d do. Or design clothes.

— Ayumi Hamasaki

And just when we were at the end of our design process there was the news that the Italian government and the U.S. government had signed an agreement to fly the first Italian astronaut on that flight.

— Umberto Guidoni

I do what I love to do at the moment. If I wake up tomorrow and decide I want to dance, that’s what I’d do. Or design clothes. I think I’d throw myself into whatever I’m doing now. It’s not about abandoning what I was doing before, or giving up. It’s about knowing that if I die tomorrow, I lived the way I wanted to.

— Ayumi Hamasaki

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper, may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin, or follow bad courses, out of charitable design, and with hope to reclaim them.

— Isaac Barrow

In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world can be found in every piece of my jewelry.

— Ivanka Trump

It is very important to lead the field and innovate in game design.

— John Romero

You have to design and program differently. Combat action in an MMO is so different to combat in a first-person shooter.

— John Romero

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

— Dieter Rams

By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size.

— Steven Chu

Golf course design is exciting.

— Tom Kite

I’m really not for famous people who design a line for a company, when you know it’s not really them creating it but a team of designers, especially when there are so many talented people who’ve taken the time to go and study fashion.

— Bonnie Wright

Well, yes, I mean, I think that, you know, my sources suggest that there’s a lot of support for the notion that there is a lot of Koran abuse and that it was very much a systematic design, not just an aberration.

— Jane Mayer

I love graphic design. I love working with design, and I love storytelling, so I’ve been working on a children’s book for a while, and I’d like to see that through.

— Colleen Haskell

The roundness of life’s design may be a sign that there is a presence beyond ourselves.

— Wally Lamb

We opened a design center in the South of England last year as part of our strategy for being close to our customers and developing innovative products for exciting new markets.

— David Milne

Dubstep has everything for me. Rhythm, sound design, heartfelt emotion – all in one place.

— James Blake

In any case, his judgment and set of values, acting alone or through his assistants, determine not only what is gold and what is dross but the design of the history which he creates out of the metal. The historian decides what is significant, and what is not.

— Samuel E. Morison

I don’t design cars. I’m not a designer. I know what I desire to be built, I know what the end result is, the horsepower, the competition we’ll be working against – but I leave it to the people who work with me to put it all together. I don’t do anything.

— Caroll Shelby

I do two things. I design mobile computers and I study brains.

— Jeff Hawkins

It is not that you do wrong by design, but that you should never do right by mistake.

— Junius

But my point is that you design something in the end that precludes any unhealthy trading practices that are not going to serve your environmental or your economic objectives but now is not the time to do it.

— John Anderson

I’m into designing houses and interior design. I like change. I like creating things out of nothing.

— Chris Kirkpatrick

I’ve always loved interior design.

— Genie Francis

Once you come up with a premise, you have to work out how it all happened. It’s a bit like coming up with a spectacular roof design first. Before you can get it up there, you need to build a solid foundation and supporting structure.

— Linwood Barclay

Nothing they design ever gets in the way of a work of art.

— Robert Hughes

The design of those commissioners, frigates and warlike force is directed rather against Long Island and these your Honors’ possessions, than to the imagined reform of New England.

— Peter Stuyvesant

I finished high school there and then I went to Rhode Island School of Design.

— Stephen Sprouse

After all, C++ isn’t a perfect match for Java’s design aims either.

— Bjarne Stroustrup

Of course, I did lots of what would be called graphic design now, what used to be called commercial art.

— Leonard Baskin

When the Grateful Dead needed a quality sound system to deliver our sonic payload, I learned electronics and speaker design.

— Mickey Hart

IBM was the original contractor for much of the computer interface design on the film.

— Douglas Trumbull

My particular aesthetic of light and color and design wouldn’t change as a result of working with computer graphics rather than with slit scan or miniatures.

— Douglas Trumbull

There were IBM logos designed for the film, and there were IBM design consultants working with Kubrick on the layout of the controls and computer screens.

— Douglas Trumbull

I brought a lot of my own pieces of clothes to the design room when I first met with the design team just so they could see what my style was like.

— Nastia Liukin

I believe consistency and orthogonality are tools of design, not the primary goal in design.

— Yukihiro Matsumoto

Actually, I didn’t make the claim that Ruby follows the principle of least surprise. Someone felt the design of Ruby follows that philosophy, so they started saying that. I didn’t bring that up, actually.

— Yukihiro Matsumoto

Acting isn’t for me. I don’t like being told what to do. I’m more interested in set design, more visually driven.

— Sofia Coppola

There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy.

— John Baldacci

Looking back, video game design seems a natural fit, although there was no such thing when I was growing up. I built a Tic-Tac-Toe playing machine in my teens which went up in smoke on the night it was scheduled to go to a science fair.

— David Crane

My background is in hardware design. I found hardware work to be a welcome change from thousands of hours of programming and that led to the designs you mentioned.

— David Crane

I wear a lot of different hats – from writer to producer and artist. We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.

— William Bell

If you decide to design your own language, there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls.

— Guido van Rossum

I am interested in computers and technology, and art, photography, and design.

— William Landay

I have made bouquets of pleats, bouquets of flowers, bouquets of ruffles, bouquets of feathers. Often I design in mousseline, held tightly around the waist, and with something else going on all around.

— Giambattista Valli

You all know that each title in the Chronicles has a chess theme that’s partly because of the overall design of the Chronicles themselves – the game of chess as an analogue of the game of life.

— Dorothy Dunnett

If we don’t have accurate information, if we are not able to tell difficult truth one to another, we will never be able to effectively design a policy for Iraq.

— Jack Reed

Usually I design the lighting and when I have the physical set there, I’m not good at going out loosely and saying, ‘Do you what you want, give it to the editor, and he’ll figure it out.’ I physically then walk on with the actors and I say, ‘Let’s walk until you guys feel the space works for you, and tell me when all that happens.’

— Tarsem Singh

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very, style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary productions of earlier and later times.

— Philip Schaff

I have lived with my husband more than I have with my parents… I live beside him, and know his worries, his hopes, and his dreams for his nation. We believe that things happen by design, not in an arbitrary way. And we believe it is our duty to make things happen.

— Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

So much of design is context.

— Steve Madden

I could design an $800 shoe line it’s easy. You use the best materials and you can make beautiful shoes. It’s easier than making great shoes for $90.

— Steve Madden

My strengths as a businessman lie in the design and sale of women’s shoes, and I have never been comfortable with complicated or technical legal or business documents.

— Steve Madden

The Constitution remains brilliant in its overall design and sound with respect to the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers. But there are numerous archaic provisions that inhibit constructive change and adaptation. These constitutional bits affect the daily life of the republic and every citizen in it.

— Larry J. Sabato

The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution.

— Byron White

Once the product’s task is known, design the interface first then implement to the interface design.

— Jef Raskin

I’ve come up through art school, through painting, through graphic design, through advertising, through TV commercials and music video. I’ve designed books, built billboards, matchbooks, corporate identities. I continuously paint, I’ve done conceptual art pictures.

— Tony Kaye

If a course needs to be in great condition to be played effectively, then the design strategy is flawed.

— Tom Watson

That’s something I learned in art school. I studied graphic design in Germany, and my professor emphasized the responsibility that designers and illustrators have towards the people they create things for.

— Eric Carle

Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

— George Gilder

The interesting thing is when we design and architect a server, we don’t design it for Windows or Linux, we design it for both. We don’t really care, as long as we’re selling the one the customer wants.

— Michael Dell

Being non-commercial is never an ambition. Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to.

— Ethan Coen

Design can change how you look at yourself.

— Ty Pennington

When you design it, think how you would feel if you had to fly it! Safety first!

— Donald Wills Douglas

It is not possible to design always the same. How to be different in each different place – that is the most important work and duty of the architect to find out.

— Jean Nouvel

Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.

— Adam Ferguson

Different people have different styles, but there is an opportunity as a director to be a writer in every moment, with every visual cue and every piece of production design. Everything is a decision, and everything can be obsessed over.

— B. J. Novak

The scientific argument advanced for intelligent design at the Dover trial, those arguments collapsed, scientifically and intellectually.

— Kenneth R. Miller

The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying, ‘You haven’t answered every question with evolution,’… Well, guess what? Science can’t answer every question.

— Kenneth R. Miller

The new strategy is to teach intelligent design without calling it intelligent design.

— Kenneth R. Miller

For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind.

— James Rouse

The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

— Carson McCullers

It is most necessary to avoid rusticity in any way, whether in material, design, or execution.

— George Edmund Street

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

— Milton Glaser

I just bought a Mac to help me design the next Cray.

— Seymoure Cray

I decided to go to school for advertising and graphic design. That was what I was gonna do but acting is that thing, it’s like a splinter in your mind and you can’t get rid of it. So I decided to move to L.A. a few years ago and it just snowballed into this thing called ‘The Hunger Games.’

— Dayo Okeniyi

‘Design Star’ was incredible, and I didn’t think it could get any better, and then ‘Color Splash’ happened.

— David Bromstad

Technology is making design more exciting, with color, wallpaper, textures, fabrics that could never have been created without the technology.

— David Bromstad

I try to look at design from a more conceptual standpoint.

— Cynthia Rowley

Art has definitely influenced how I think of design, both as individual items and as a body of work.

— Cynthia Rowley

Whenever I design any variant, or when anybody sends me one, I always say if at all possible within the context of the game don’t have two home supply centers touching each other.

— Fred Davis

Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words, which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.

— John Langdon

By means of tracing-paper I transfer my design to the wood and draw on that.

— John Tenniel

Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be.

— Dennis Conner

I am going to design… a Station after my own fancy that is, with engineering roofs, etc.

— Isambard K. Brunel

The design of a dress, furniture, a house, a room, a street and a city are all the same process.

— Gianfranco Ferre

As an architect, I learned to think and express myself on flat forms, on paper, and to imagine the contour of the lines of a design.

— Gianfranco Ferre

We want people to realize you are at a design school, not a land grant college. The way we look says a great deal about who we are.

— James Hall

I’m an artist. So if acting doesn’t work out, which I hope it does, I’m probably going to go into graphic design or something like that.

— Gabriel Basso

I love the idea of couture and its emphasis on creation. There’s where I made my name – in design – and there’s where I’d like to stay.

— Jimmy Choo

Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response.

— April Greiman

There’s a lot of books that I’ve purchased simply because of the cover design. On the other hand, there’s certain books that, even if I’m very curious about the content, I can’t bring myself to buy if I really dislike the cover.

— Adrian Tomine

Many, many times I find that whatever is looking good on the screen doesn’t always look or feel good on the body. So who do we design for – do we design for the screen, or do we design for women?

— Alber Elbaz

If you wanted to design a robot that could learn as well as it possibly could, you might end up with something that looked a lot like a 3-year-old.

— Alison Gopnik

Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.

— Alvar Aalto

I design a lot of things that I wear onstage, but I’m always looking for unique stuff. I like creative things, so anything I can find at a secondhand costume shop to a Helmut Lang store, it doesn’t matter – just unique stuff.

— Amy Lee

Apart from photography and music videos, I also do graphic design.

— Anton Corbijn

Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it’s not a product it’s an understanding of human nature.

— Ai Weiwei

We worked with the engineers in the design and construction and testing phases in those various areas, then we would get back together at the end of the week and brief each other as to what had gone on.

— Alan Shepard

I have a notebook, and I know what decisions will be made in pre-production. Everything is pre-determined in the pre-production period. I visually design the whole thing, and I know when things will happen.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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

Now I design what I want to wear, and it works that way.

— Alexander McQueen

I can design a collection in a day and I always do, cause I’ve always got a load of Italians on my back, moaning that it’s late.

— Alexander McQueen

His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures.

— Alexander the Great

If I weren’t involved with food, I’d be working in architecture. Design is that critical to me.

— Alice Waters

I think fashion is a lot of fun. I love clothes. More than fashion or brand labels, I love design. I love the thought that people put into clothes. I love when clothes make cultural statements and I think personal style is really cool. I also freely recognize that fashion should be a hobby.

— Anne Hathaway

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

Design my own line? No, I just like the culture.

— ASAP Rocky

By fundamentally changing how we design the places and systems that enable our daily lives, we can slash emissions way beyond the immediate carbon savings – because our own personal emissions are just the tip of a vast iceberg of energy and resources consumed far from our view.

— Alex Steffen

I’m fascinated with design. I realized early that I had no talent in that direction, but I love talking with architects and designers about what they do. I appreciate applied creativity as a source of pleasure and meaning.

— Alex Steffen

I attended Art & Design High School, and at one point, you had to write about what you wanted to be when you grew up. I wrote that I wanted to be a writer for ‘Mad’ magazine.

— Amy Heckerling

So the premise of ‘The Submission’ is that there’s an anonymous competition to design a 9/11 memorial and it’s won by an American Muslim, an architect born and raised in Virginia, and his name is Mohammad Khan.

— Amy Waldman

Maurice Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books – the words, the rhythm, the psychology, the design.

— Anthony Browne

The architect, Peter Arens who is the monstrous carbuncle architect, not merely did his design which had won a public competition never get built but his practice suffered financially for some years.

— Anthony Holden

After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.

— Arthur Erickson

No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them.

— Arthur Erickson

I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May ’43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in ’42 – even in my position. This aircraft didn’t have any priority in design or production.

— Adolf Galland

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

Architecture students are generally given theoretical projects, often located at distant locations, and told to come up with a design.

— Alan Huffman

When I was 18, I began attending college for art and design, and I designed all sorts of things from furniture to industrial designs and even watches.

— Aldis Hodge

I am extremely excited to develop and design a brand representative of my life, experiences and style. Working closely with Cherokee will help establish a worldwide presence with best-in-class retailers and category leaders.

— Alessandra Ambrosio

It was the corner sweet-shop in Australia that first piqued my interest in interior design. I went into this space with a mixture of apprehension and excitement as a child. It was filled, floor to ceiling, with the most incredible rounded glass bowls filled to the brim with bonbons, buttons, and sweets.

— Anouska Hempel

I was eager to see what Swedish design had to offer and get a sense of its fashion culture, and Altewai Saome was the perfect introduction.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

Driven to design by what she refers to as the lack of glamour in the industry, Bar Or creates for the modern woman who is a fashion risk-taker, one who is confident and, perhaps, has a larger than life personality.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likeable person.

— Alan Cooper

Anything I do informs how I design. I wouldn’t isolate any one activity. Everything I do feeds back to my life, and my life is expressed in my work.

— Antoine Predock

Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.

— Adam Ferguson

There is a saying in entrepreneurship that your early employees are all commandos. Commandos are people who can do almost everything well: emails, strategy, code, design.

— Adeo Ressi

On ‘Master of None,’ the majority of the episodes were just one story, and that was by design because we really wanted to focus in on the character of Dev and get the audience in his head.

— Alan Yang

We design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us.

— Anne-Marie Willis

While I was at community college, I studied industrial design because I thought maybe I’d be an automotive designer – I grew up in Detroit – and I also studied, geology because I was interested in science, a little bit.

— Andrew J. Feustel

By far the most difficult skill I learned as a C.E.O. was the ability to manage my own psychology. Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared with keeping my mind in check.

— Ben Horowitz

I used to design for my body, which was flat-chested with big hips. That’s why my clothes were tight on top with full skirts.

— Betsey Johnson

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

Federal regulations forbid delaying inspections for fracture-critical bridges like the fallen Minneapolis bridge – the kind with a lack of redundancy in design, so that a single failure in a load-bearing part can cause the entire bridge to collapse.

— Bill Dedman

My mom modeled and made clothes, so I always had such an appreciation for design.

— Blake Lively

Design, whether it’s on your body or in your home, is the same thing. It’s mixing different colors, different textures, and unexpected patterns – elements that you wouldn’t often put together in an interesting way.

— Blake Lively

Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color.

— Brad Goreski

From a design perspective, the U.S. has always been a great source of inspiration for me.

— Brunello Cucinelli

From an operational perspective, exports challenge companies to design, develop, manufacture and supply products to discerning customers in global markets. This, in turn, motivates companies to scale up the value chain, which results in higher realisations.

— Baba Kalyani

Before 2000, we were unable to design a single car all the cars were designed in Japan, Europe or somewhere else. We were just converting.

— Baba Kalyani

I was in the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design, on a scholarship. I was – still am – an artist. They were looking for an actor for ‘Take a Giant Step,’ and a producer liked my look and asked if I could act. I said, ‘Yep!’ Then I got into acting more or less just to make money for paints and canvases.

— Billy Dee Williams

When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There’s no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.

— Biz Stone

After all, C++ isn’t a perfect match for Java’s design aims either.

— Bjarne Stroustrup

I’m really not for famous people who design a line for a company, when you know it’s not really them creating it but a team of designers, especially when there are so many talented people who’ve taken the time to go and study fashion.

— Bonnie Wright

One of the criticisms we get is, ‘Does the world need more plastic crap?’ But you have to look beyond the plastic crap, to the design, to the experience, to the empowering nature of the MakerBot and the community.

— Bre Pettis

At Brit + Co, our mission is to unlock creativity, so we look for future employees that actively flex their creative muscles. The design of your resume is the first way to let me know more about your aesthetic.

— Brit Morin

Airplanes were invented by natural selection. Now you can say that intelligent design designs our airplanes of today, but there was no intelligent design really designing those early airplanes. There were probably at least 30,000 different things tried, and when they crash and kill the pilot, don’t try that again.

— Burt Rutan

Google has placed its faith in data, while Apple worships the power of design. This dichotomy made the two companies complementary. Apple would ship the phones and computers, while Google would provide Maps, Search, YouTube, and other web tools that made the devices more useful.

— Ben Parr

When we design for non-Latin, we always aim to create a rhythm and texture that is sympathetic so when you have the two scripts running side by side, they create, ideally, the same tonal value on the page.

— Bruno Maag

I fervently believe in research as a necessity for good design, and I teach it that way.

— Brenda Laurel

When you work with web design companies in San Francisco, you end up with a bunch of twenty-somethings who have their own cultural peculiarities, including obscurity for its own sake. You give those guys a website for a banking institution and they screw it up, because they are designing for themselves.

— Brenda Laurel

I majored in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, although I never had any intention of being an illustrator and didn’t take any classes in illustration there. It was just that the illustration degree had no requirements.

— Brian Selznick

Different people have different styles, but there is an opportunity as a director to be a writer in every moment, with every visual cue and every piece of production design. Everything is a decision, and everything can be obsessed over.

— B. J. Novak

Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world – which, like it or not, is modern reality.

— Camille Paglia

Video games and YouTube.com are creatively booming, even though Web design, as demonstrated by the ugly clutter of most major news sites, is in the pits.

— Camille Paglia

Design is important, it’s an important dimension in the car. It’s not the only one.

— Carlos Ghosn

I approve designs not because I think I am more gifted or somebody who can see ahead three or four years from now, but just to make sure that the design is a logical, rational decision, taken after analyzing pros and cons.

— Carlos Ghosn

When I come to a design decision, people know that is that.

— Carlos Ghosn

You have to have talent to design and to dress thousands of women or millions of women around the world. And you know very well, the only thing they want is to look more beautiful.

— Carolina Herrera

If a major source of the nation’s news is personalizing user experiences, people with different points of view will end up in echo chambers of their own design. Facebook didn’t create that problem, but it shouldn’t aggravate it.

— Cass Sunstein

When government programs aren’t working, those on the Left tend to support more funding, while those on the Right want to scrap them altogether. It is better to ask whether the problem is complexity and poor design. We can solve those problems – sometimes without spending a penny.

— Cass Sunstein

From time to time, I’ve experimented with sculpture or metal design. It’s a good break from just sitting behind the keyboard.

— Chad Hurley

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

— Charles Eames

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

I have no problem with the idea of comfort, but it is not an important thing aesthetically. If you look at a shoe and immediately say it looks very comfortable, in terms of design, it is not going to excite me. Of course, I am not putting nails in my shoes to ensure everybody is in pain, but a heel is not a pair of slippers and never will be.

— Christian Louboutin

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

— Christian Louboutin

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

People say I am the king of painful shoes. I don’t want to create painful shoes, but it is not my job to create something comfortable. I try to make high heels as comfortable as they can be, but my priority is design, beauty and sexiness. I’m not against them, but comfort is not my focus.

— Christian Louboutin

I’d already decided I wanted to design shoes after I saw a sign in the Museum of African and Oceanic Art forbidding high heels. Well, who could resist?

— Christian Louboutin

At age 12 or 13, I wanted to design for showgirls – for the theater!

— Christian Louboutin

I never wanted to design clothes. I never wanted to work for the fashion industry. Shoes sort of belong to the fashion industry, which is why I’m part of the fashion industry. But that’s never been my thought. My thought since I was a child was really to design those shoes for girls on stage.

— Christian Louboutin

I never wanted to work in fashion. At age 12 or 13, I wanted to design for showgirls – for the theater! And I was crazy for the Hollywood of the 1950s: Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Jones. They were my idea of glamour – and Sylvie Vartan, the French singer.

— Christian Louboutin

I never was interested in being part of the fashion world – I just wanted to design shoes. I didn’t even know ‘Vogue’ existed when I was growing up. ‘Vogue,’ what is that?’

— Christian Louboutin

When you think of all the things that are made from oil or in the chemical industry, if in the future we could find cells to replace most of those processes, the ideal way would be to do it by direct design.

— Craig Venter

Sometime in the future, I am a hundred percent certain scientists will sit down at a computer terminal, design what they want the organism to do, and build it.

— Craig Venter

Genome design is going to be a key part of the future. That’s why we need fast, cheap, accurate DNA synthesis, so you can make a lot of iterations of something and test them.

— Craig Venter

I’m not the expert on the great gameplay. I come in for the character design, monsters, atmosphere. I’m not the technician.

— Clive Barker

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.

— Coco Chanel

We are actors who show up for work in our sloppy gear, and we’ve got this extraordinary tailor. It’s someone else who’s done the design someone else who’s cut the suit someone else who’s measured it. Basically, your job is to just wear it.

— Colin Firth

In a biological system, the software builds its own hardware, but design is critical, and if you start with digital information, it has to be really accurate.

— Craig Venter

As the Industrial Age is drawing to a close, I think that we’re witnessing the dawn of the era of biological design.

— Craig Venter

Aficionados of Slow design and Slow fashion use ethical and green materials to make objects – furniture, clothes, jewellery – that lift the spirit and last a lifetime rather than one catwalk season.

— Carl Honore

I’ve always made weird sounds with my mouth. I’ve always been fascinated by the sound design, what you can do with your mouth. I was the kid dancing around in third grade on the basketball court. While everyone would be playing sports, I would be jumping around.

— Charlie Puth

French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism.

— Christian Lacroix

For me, I am still very happy to be able to do stage design as it’s an opportunity to express the extreme.

— Christian Lacroix

For contemporary fashion, I’m a huge fan of so many of the people out there. I think Azzedine Alaia holds up through three generations of very specific, beautiful design. I think Jean Paul Gaultier also is very interesting with a long span.

— Colleen Atwood

I think that sometimes people don’t understand that a costume that has to be worn every day and doesn’t change the whole movie becomes iconic. It’s very important because it requires a different design process, since you have to make something that people aren’t going to get tired of looking at.

— Colleen Atwood

I grew up in a small town in Washington State, so I wasn’t really aware of costume design as a career growing up, but I loved clothes. I remember I saved all my money, and the first thing that I bought was a white blazer, which was to the horror to my parents. But I have always had a strange connection with clothing.

— Colleen Atwood

I can create clothes for so many different time periods. I’ve always tried to avoid being pigeonholed. Plus, everything I learn about design and costume from one movie somehow works its way into something else.

— Colleen Atwood

One thing about costume design – and I think design in general – but especially costume design, is people have a misconception that it’s very glamorous work.

— Colleen Atwood

Costume design allows you to do a different type of research and create characters, whereas in fashion, you create an image and clothing for the masses.

— Colleen Atwood

I worked in fashion, but I worked more in the sales side of fashion than in design. I was an assistant buyer for a department store back in the ’70s and the early years of Saint Laurent. And I used to have a lot of private clients that I bought for.

— Colleen Atwood

The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.

— Colleen Atwood

I design for the movie and the character as well as the person wearing the costume. I show the ideas to the actor, then do fittings for shape and technical things such as movement in the costume. Once the costume in this form is on the actor, you have a sense of their connection with it. I then take it to the next level with the final fit.

— Colleen Atwood

In its report, the Cox Committee concludes that China is using stolen U.S. design information to speed up its deployment of a new nuclear missile force.

— Charles Bass

I love fashion, and I’ve always wanted to do costume design, but I’m in jeans and T-shirts most of the time.

— Clemence Poesy

The genius idea of industrialism was the concept of the Model T: In exchange for something cheap and well-made, we’d forgo unique, lovely design.

— Clive Thompson

Design is about creating spaces for people to enjoy and of course, creating moments where you elevate the spirit, but ‘design for good’ is figuring out a program that not only creates better spaces, but creates jobs, creates new industry and really kind of raises the conversation about how we rebuild.

— Cameron Sinclair

I realize that having a style would be very beneficial for my practice from a marketing standpoint, but I can’t do it. I believe my responsibilities as an architect are to design the most appropriate building for the place. Each place has a distinct culture and function, which for me requires an appropriate answer.

— Cesar Pelli

We are very proud of our design for the Transbay Transit Center. This will be a beautiful, functional and sustainable building for San Francisco.

— Cesar Pelli

A big part of the fun of working on Superman has been coming up with new characters and concepts to toss in, helping to design their costumes, things like that. And I spent ages coming up with the name ‘Fortress of Solidarity,’ so I want to get as much use out of it as I can!

— Chris Roberson

There’s established gaming IP that’s coming from console to mobile, which is interesting. Everything is converging a little bit toward mobile devices in the living room. On the casual side, the graphics and animation and game design and all of those variables are improving.

— Chris DeWolfe

The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

— Carson McCullers

I design for a feminine woman who appreciates art a lot, either as a profession or as a hobby.

— Christian Cota

Ultimately, auto designers need to overcome market challenges with innovative design solutions. The automotive industry is at a turning point with environmental and economic conditions on one side and breakthrough technology on the other, so it will be fascinating to see how these design leaders envision the future.

— Charles Pelly

Every other piece of industrial design is a pot or a dish or something insignificant. But when you have a chair, it’s like a sculpture of a person: it’s alive. It’s big. You can’t miss it. It’s a ‘look at me!’ item.

— Charles Pollock

I had always wanted to expand to beauty, but I knew I wanted to be able to translate my design aesthetic in an authentic way.

— Charlotte Ronson

I got into university to study graphic design, and I got into drama school as well, so I had the choice whether I wanted to go down the sensible route or if I wanted to become an actor.

— Chris Geere

When I am true to my inspiration, even fight for my design, the project always turns out well.

— Christian de Portzamparc

Everything else – music, cinematography, costumes, design, acting – can be judged at face value. But when you’re looking at editing, you don’t know what the totality of the material was, and you don’t know the working dynamic between a director and an editor – whether the editor was micromanaged or given free rein. It’s very difficult.

— Christopher Rouse

Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.

— D. H. Lawrence

At some point in your life, if you’re lucky, you get to design the way in which things evolve.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

Wherever there is a design that is highly successful in a broad range of similar environments, it is apt to emerge again and again, independently – the phenomenon known in biology as convergent evolution. I call these designs ‘good tricks.’

— Daniel Dennett

Studying design has made me a much, much more astute observer of this aspect of business. And I’m working mightily to improve my empathic skills. I’ve dramatically improved my ability to read facial expressions – and I’m trying to be a better, more attentive listener.

— Daniel H. Pink

An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.

— Daniel J. Boorstin

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

And then, build a bustling wonderful city of the 21st century, with a restoration of a spectacular skyline, which Manhattan, of course, needs. So, that is really the design as a whole.

— Daniel Libeskind

If you see a player out in public having dinner, chances are he’s with his boring money manager or some boring rich guy he hopes to design a golf course for.

— Dan Jenkins

I have a secret thought from some things I have observed, that God may perhaps design you for some singular service in the world.

— David Brainerd

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

— David Hockney

A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker.

— David Hume

I never like to think that I design for a particular person. 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

My favorite days are the ones where I deal only with my own team, design, marketing, working on the next accessories collection.

— Diane von Furstenberg

When I meet celebrities, I have to know what they are like and only then can I design. The clothes have to fit their personality.

— Donatella Versace

I began doing writing projects and art and design projects to explore a new way of seeing Canada. Roots is one more way of continuing this exploration. I want to present a wide-open Canadian sense of color, adventure, communication and openness that defines our country.

— Douglas Coupland

Also note that invariably when we design something that can be used by those with disabilities, we often make it better for everyone.

— Donald Norman

It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases, when everything goes right, or when all the information required is available in proper format.

— Donald Norman

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

— Donald Norman

Watching my dad, Ralph Lauren, design clothes when I was young, I was always inspired.

— Dylan Lauren

I’m a big believer in the emotion of design, and the message that’s sent before somebody begins to read, before they get the rest of the information what is the emotional response they get to the product, to the story, to the painting – whatever it is.

— David Carson

For some reason I have a visual intuition that allows me to design things in an interesting way, and I don’t know where that came from. Because I don’t have this formal training, I seem to drift in a different direction.

— David Carson

I’m experimenting in public. At the design grad schools, these are people sitting around in groups, putting their work on a wall, analyzing it and putting it back in a drawer. I think there’s little risk in that.

— David Carson

When you have really good writing, you’re compelled by the actors who are in it, and you may think it’s the actors or the design or the filmmaking of it, but then you’re like, ‘Well, the base is a really rich story that these guys have created.’

— David Costabile

We are spiritual beings whether we want to admit it or not, and inherent in our DNA is a design to return us home – home to our true essence, our greatest self, our limitless self.

— Debbie Ford

Design should not dominate things, should not dominate people. It should help people. That’s its role.

— Dieter Rams

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

— Donna Karan

I design from instinct. It’s the only way I know how to live. What feels good. What feels right. What is needed. Give me a problem and I will approach it creatively, from my gut.

— Donna Karan

What people respond to in my room makeovers is the daring design – fearless colors, bold fabrics and occasionally outlandish decor.

— Douglas Wilson

In two days, it’s hard to to get the quality you would normally want for a design project.

— Douglas Wilson

Being in the design industry, I’ve tended to meet more people who are affected by HIV and AIDS.

— Douglas Wilson

I look at each episode in two ways – from a design standpoint and from an entertainment standpoint – this is TV, after all. We usually succeed on at least one of the levels.

— Douglas Wilson

Throughout the country, I see the same design problems and solutions over and over.

— Douglas Wilson

If you have multiples of anything, you have the possibility of repetition. Repetition creates pattern and also unity. Put anyone in a room with a pile of similar objects and say, ‘I want a pattern by 3 P.M. or no dinner.’ Anyone would come up with a design. It is easy, fun and available to anybody. Most people just don’t have the nerve.

— Dan Phillips

Young people in Israel are encouraged to design, produce and sell their products from high school. Technical universities also matter. Teach and introduce entrepreneurship courses in technical universities.

— Dan Shechtman

In the design process, there’s a need to be culturally comprehensive.

— Dries van Noten

People nowadays think of gamebooks as rather old hat – and, after all, it was twenty years ago. In their heyday, though, they were a phenomenon, selling upwards of a hundred thousand units per title. And it’s not as old hat as you might think: the same design skills I used in those days apply equally when I’m creating modern videogames.

— Dave Morris

I’m an e-patient: equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged. I’m no clinician, but I do everything in my power to help them, to play an active role in my own care, and even in the design of care.

— Dave deBronkart

Looking back, video game design seems a natural fit, although there was no such thing when I was growing up. I built a Tic-Tac-Toe playing machine in my teens which went up in smoke on the night it was scheduled to go to a science fair.

— David Crane

At the height of the first great dot-com boom, Craig Kanarick, then in his early 30s, was running Razorfish, a Web design firm he’d co-founded with an old friend, which at its peak had 2,300 employees in nine countries.

— David Sax

When your arms are out wide, you’ll capture love and joy and golden moments but other things, too. Mistrust will sneak in on a wave of that joy, and complications will ride the backs of the golden moments, and there will be both love and the risks of love. That’s the way it is. That’s the design.

— Deb Caletti

Wherever you are, design your life. Live the values of your generation.

— Don Tapscott

Things like anatomy and drawing and design and color had pretty much been drop-kicked out of the curriculum in the ’70s, when I was studying art, in favor of abstraction and minimalism.

— David Small

If I wasn’t an actress, I’d be a designer. I love interior design and inventing things that are practical but also beautiful – looking at a space and creating magic.

— Deborra-Lee Furness

For all the drama we all have with our families and all the tension and hostility, I couldn’t have done this without my family. Being the people that they are – they’re crazy – made it possible for me to be crazy and to live a lifestyle of my own design.

— Dan Colen

There were IBM logos designed for the film, and there were IBM design consultants working with Kubrick on the layout of the controls and computer screens.

— Douglas Trumbull

If you’re writing a screenplay for a feature, you don’t have any involvement with the casting process, the editing process, the set design, the costume design, or any of that stuff.

— David Benioff

I like to be surrounded by books. My wife Evelyn has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, so we have a lot of her Spanish and German literature books which are wasted on me, plus a lot of novels and books on art and architecture shared by us both. Evelyn used to edit an art magazine called ‘FMR,’ so we have a common interest in design.

— David Chipperfield

I do quite like Gehry’s Guggenheim. But where in Bilbao it’s seen as an outgrowth of years of investment in urban design and engineering, in Britain it’s seen as the catalyst for urban regeneration rather than the icing on the cake.

— David Chipperfield

I do very little industrial design. I’m asked a lot, but I certainly don’t see myself as an industrial designer.

— David Chipperfield

I would never design anything. I just think that’s kind of wack. I hated every rapper fashion line that ever came out, you know what I’m saying? I would never try.

— Danny Brown

So I went for engineering, specifically product design, which I enjoyed.

— Debi Thomas

Design Star’ was incredible, and I didn’t think it could get any better, and then ‘Color Splash’ happened.

— David Bromstad

Technology is making design more exciting, with color, wallpaper, textures, fabrics that could never have been created without the technology.

— David Bromstad

Outside of the chair, the teapot is the most ubiquitous and important design element in the domestic environment and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one.

— David McFadden

I feel that every day, all of us now are being blasted by information design. It’s being poured into our eyes through the Web, and we’re all visualizers now we’re all demanding a visual aspect to our information. There’s something almost quite magical about visual information. It’s effortless it literally pours in.

— David McCandless

Information design has been around since the 1970s. Pioneers like Yale University design guru Edward Tufte and design agency Pentagram have long known and used its power. But now with the rise of the Internet, it’s having something of a second birth.

— David McCandless

I like entertainment and think mastery is good, though I don’t feel like a master. If a theme means having a story that’s legible, then that’s certainly what we do. But we don’t treat design as an add-on layer.

— David Rockwell

I decided to go to school for advertising and graphic design. That was what I was gonna do but acting is that thing, it’s like a splinter in your mind and you can’t get rid of it. So I decided to move to L.A. a few years ago and it just snowballed into this thing called ‘The Hunger Games.’

— Dayo Okeniyi

I’d love to design stuff that I’d like to wear and that other people could wear, too.

— Dionne Bromfield

I do believe that there are some universal cognitive tasks that are deep and profound – indeed, so deep and profound that it is worthwhile to understand them in order to design our displays in accord with those tasks.

— Edward Tufte

The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.

— Elon Musk

My stylist has really great taste – Petra Flannery has really great taste. I mean, I am opinionated, and as time goes on, as I’ve gotten to see more dresses or more clothes, it’s easier to say, ‘I like that’ or ‘I don’t like that,’ but it’s nothing I would ever, you know, design.

— Emma Stone

For much of its existence, design was all about convenience. We wanted to hide technology so that users are not distracted into thinking about the tools they use.

— Evgeny Morozov

I design flats like I design heels: They must be seductive, beautiful and comfortable.

— Edgardo Osorio

Being inspired is one thing, but completely knocking off a design is another. There is a big difference.

— Edgardo Osorio

When I sit down and design, it’s shoes that always appear.

— Edgardo Osorio

You think about the beauty and what you want to transmit. If I think about designing, I can’t design.

— Elsa Peretti

Good design for the home should be universal. A house should be like old shoes, comfortable, like a good friend… The Japanese aesthetic is important to me. Very organic. They have a sense of the weight of the thing: very balanced.

— Elsa Peretti

Leo Hurwicz is the father of mechanism design theory and has inspired much of my work, and Roger Myerson is an old friend and collaborator and a tremendous economist.

— Eric Maskin

If budget planning requires gathering information from people who may not always have the incentive to disclose that information, then the principles of mechanism design can definitely be of use in such planning.

— Eric Maskin

I don’t have a background in design, so I think it’s always about what I see in the world and what inspires me. So yes, I am designing for myself. I’m going through this whole evolution, which is a process of growing up and going from modeling to styling to designing.

— Erin Wasson

Modernism, rebelling against the ornament of the 19th century, limited the vocabulary of the designer. Modernism emphasized straight lines, eliminating the expressive S curve. This made it harder to communicate emotions through design.

— Eva Zeisel

When I design something, I think of it as a gift to somebody else.

— Eva Zeisel

When I met Dante I didn’t work in the movies, but I enjoyed so much the movies. I worked in interior design and when I met Dante, we tried to do something together.

— Francesca Lo Schiavo

My architectural drive was to design new types of buildings to help poor people, especially following natural disasters and catastrophes… I will use whatever time is left to me to keep doing what I have been doing, which is to help humanity.

— Frei Otto

Why should we build very large spaces when they are not necessary? We can design halls spanning several kilometres and covering a whole city, but we have to ask, what does it really make? What does society really need?

— Frei Otto

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

— Ferdinand Porsche

Luckily I don’t have to buy shoes anymore, because I design them! I’m off tour, so I can dive in and create the shoes that I want for my line. But okay, I did buy a pair of vintage combat boots because they were so beaten up – I had to have them.

— Fergie

My popularity has to do with the divorce between modern art, where everything is obscure, and the viewer who often feels he needs a professor to tell them whether it’s good or not. I believe a painting has to talk directly to the viewer, with composition, color and design, without a professor to explain it.

— Fernando Botero

Many are ready, when listening to the inventor, to belittle and deny his achievements so that he will no longer be heard in honourable places, but after some months or a year, they use the inventor’s words in speech or writing or design.

— Filippo Brunelleschi

Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Film gives us the luxury of deciding where the viewpoint of the audience is, and by knowing that, we can very effectively design around what is actually seen on camera.

— Freddie Wong

The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.

— Frank Zappa

There are people who design buildings that are not technically and financially good, and there are those who do. Two categories – simple.

— Frank Gehry

The universe is so unique and perfect that it could not have originated by chance but was divined by flawless, creative design.

— Fritz Zwicky

A lot of people don’t get it, but I design from the inside out so that the finished product looks inevitable somehow. I think it’s important to create spaces that people like to be in, that are humanistic.

— Frank Gehry

We have an opportunity with the Model S to refine the design language, the surfacing, and all aspects of functionality.

— Franz von Holzhausen

So, to really execute design in its highest form and making people feel joy, that’s a great reward.

— Genevieve Gorder

That was always my frustration with so many of these shows, because design is not an ambush… it’s a relationship. You have to know how people move and live and work to be able to design for them.

— Genevieve Gorder

Through the harsh design of fate, Florida was dealt the unfortunate circumstances of bearing the brunt of not one but two hurricanes, and it appears more dark clouds are poised to visit the Sunshine State.

— Ginny Brown-Waite

If you decide to design your own language, there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls.

— Guido van Rossum

Ninety percent of games lose money 10 percent make a lot of money. And there’s a consistency around the competitive advantages you create, so if you can actually learn how to do the art, the design, and the programming, you would be consistently very profitable.

— Gabe Newell

At the pinnacle of great design are products so gorgeous and lust-worthy that you want to lick them: a Porsche 911, Samsung’s Luxia TV, an Eames lounge chair or anything by Loro Piana.

— Gary Hamel

The way I define ‘intelligent design’ is that when people started out, we wanted to make sense of the world we lived in, so we created stories about how things worked.

— George Lucas

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

— George Santayana

There’s a perennial debate about whether the propagandistic tripe produced by establishment media outlets is shaped more by evil or by stupidity. Personally, I think it’s both: a healthy dose of each is needed. The system design is malicious, while those who serve as its public face are generally vacant.

— Glenn Greenwald

Embedded in ‘The New York Times’ institutional perspective and reporting methodologies are all sorts of quite debatable and subjective political and cultural assumptions about the world. And with some noble exceptions, ‘The Times,’ by design or otherwise, has long served the interests of the same set of elite and powerful factions.

— Glenn Greenwald

Unfortunately, some women want to remake their husbands after their own design.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living – a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever.

— Greg Anderson

I’m an artist. So if acting doesn’t work out, which I hope it does, I’m probably going to go into graphic design or something like that.

— Gabriel Basso

I have made bouquets of pleats, bouquets of flowers, bouquets of ruffles, bouquets of feathers. Often I design in mousseline, held tightly around the waist, and with something else going on all around.

— Giambattista Valli

You cannot design shoes if you only think about fashion it’s too realistic. When I design, I dream.

— Giuseppe Zanotti

At school I was a disaster, but when I would design, I could feel a sense of pride. I’ve always designed, and I would literally design everything I’d see: cars, bikes, motorcycles – everything.

— Giuseppe Zanotti

Trends are dangerous you will fail if you design for them. You cannot follow the work of others. I have my own DNA, my own formula. I always stay true to myself and to the brand.

— Giuseppe Zanotti

I joined the staff of EMI in Middlesex in 1951, where I worked for a while on radar and guided weapons and later ran a small design laboratory. During this time, I became particularly interested in computers, which were then in their infancy. It was interesting, pioneering work at that time: drums and tape decks had to be designed from scratch.

— Godfrey Hounsfield

It is most necessary to avoid rusticity in any way, whether in material, design, or execution.

— George Edmund Street

By supporting all the links in the building chain and giving them an easy, intuitive tool for sharing model-based project information, GTeam enhances workflows and improves communication from design through to fabrication and assembly.

— Greg Lynn

With everything that I design, from a church to a plate to skyscraper to a spoon. I am always thinking about voluptuous volumes and spaces.

— Greg Lynn

To go back to architecture, what’s organic about architecture as a field, unlike product design, is this whole issue of holism and of monumentality is really our realm. Like, we have to design things which are coherent as a single object, but also break down into small rooms and have an identity of both the big scale and the small scale.

— Greg Lynn

We need to be both conscious and competent to design products that emulate nature’s life cycles, making sure that they endure and are either recycled or absorbed.

— Guilherme Leal

Write out the story – rapidly, fluently, and not too critically – following the second or narrative-order synopsis. Change incidents and plot whenever the developing process seems to suggest such change, never being bound by any previous design.

— H. P. Lovecraft

At Stanford, we teach ‘design thinking’ – that is, we put together small, interdisciplinary groups to figure out what the true needs are and then to apply the art of engineering to serve them.

— Hasso Plattner

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

We call the fates of the Titanic and the Concordia – as well as those of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia – ‘accidents.’ Foreseeing such undesirable events is what engineers are expected to do. However, design trade-offs leave technological systems open to failings once predicted, but later forgotten.

— Henry Petroski

You can almost say that a design error is a human error because, after all, it’s we humans who do the designing.

— Henry Petroski

Any design, whether it’s for a ship or an airplane, must be done in anticipation of potential failures.

— Henry Petroski

It seems to be a law of design that for every advantage introduced through redesign, there is an accompanying unintended disadvantage.

— Henry Petroski

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

I’m a perfectionist. And that’s served me very well in my career. It allows me to handle these large, complex problems without letting things fall through the cracks… That is the mentality you have to have to attack these complex problems of chip design, for example, when you’re overwhelmed with complexity.

— Henry Samueli

When we started out, you could design a chip with a few guys in a basement.

— Henry Samueli

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

I am tremendously excited to introduce a unique ‘Metal Gear Solid’ experience to a new audience of gamers as well as collaborate with my mentor in game design, Mr. Miyamoto, on ‘Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes’ for Nintendo GameCube.

— Hideo Kojima

As an architect, I learned to think and express myself on flat forms, on paper, and to imagine the contour of the lines of a design.

— Gianfranco Ferre

The design of a dress, furniture, a house, a room, a street and a city are all the same process.

— Gianfranco Ferre

I was just taught very early that if I didn’t solve problems, I was headed for a very dark path. Problems were everywhere. Now, even if there are no problems, I look for problems. I’m like, ‘You know what? I don’t like the way this spoon works. I want to design a new spoon.’

— Homaro Cantu

There’s a simple arithmetical logic at work. Build more unaffordable and not always architecturally sympathetic apartments, watch the rents rise, the tarts leave, the small shops, production offices and design studios close down, and hey presto, we have another fashionable London suburb indistinguishable from the rest.

— Howard Jacobson

I don’t like the collusion between high fashion design and high street. You have to know where you stand. I belong to luxury fashion. That’s what I’ve always felt and embraced. I like the best quality, the best fabrics and the most creative field in fashion. I will stay consistent. I belong to this world.

— Hedi Slimane

Just like zillions of children, album covers educated and informed me, and certainly did I later transpose organically, rather than by intent, those principles both in fashion design and photography.

— Hedi Slimane

One of the big failures for the big auto companies is that even the CEO and the top management often don’t understand design and manufacturing. As a CEO, you have to make decisions you need to have knowledge.

— Henrik Fisker

Similar to computer technology in the ’60s, 3-D printing is a universal technology that has the potential to revolutionize our life by enabling individuals to design and manufacture things.

— Hod Lipson

The essence of architecture is form and space, and light is the essential element to the key to architectural design, probably more important than anything. Technology and materials are secondary.

— I. M. Pei

To me, form doesn’t always follow function. Form has a life of its own, and at times, it may be the motivating force in design. When you’re dealing with form as a sculptor, you feel that you are quite free in attempting to mould and shape things you want to do, but in architecture, it’s much more difficult because it has to have a function.

— I. M. Pei

The genome was once thought to be just the blueprint for a living organism, like a combination of the architect’s plan for a building and the builder’s list of supplies. It specified the parts, the building blocks, and, somehow, the design of the whole, the way in which they are to be put together.

— Iain McGilchrist

Most of my ideas come from drawing patterns across conversations I have with different types of people – technology investors, young fashion design students, a CEO. This variety is stimulating and offers many different perspectives on the things I am thinking about.

— Imran Amed

I came down successfully through Picasso and Braque, down through Pollock, I guess, but I began to stop at Franz Kline and the Abstractionists. I like their design, brilliant design, marvelous color layers. But I don’t find any human content there. I’m from an old school, and painting has to have human content for me.

— Irving Stone

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper, may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin, or follow bad courses, out of charitable design, and with hope to reclaim them.

— Isaac Barrow

Writing generally, it may be said that in design, roof, and general aspect, Japanese Buddhist temples are all alike. The sacred architectural idea expresses itself in nearly the same form always.

— Isabella Bird

Pete Dye introduced me to golf course design back in the 1960’s. He came to my hometown Columbus, Ohio to work on The Golf Club.

— Jack Nicklaus

I graduated from Academy of Fashion and Costume Design in Rome. At first, I thought I was going to be a costume designer for films, and then I ended up working in fashion – not as a designer, but mostly as a model.

— Isabella Rossellini

I’ve wanted to design golf courses ever since I was a kid. I suppose it comes from the way I’ve played the game. To find the proper way to play any hole, I’ve always begun by asking myself what the architect has tried to do with it.

— Jack Nicklaus

A Nicklaus Design golf course is done by the guys in my company that I work with, that have been trained in my vision, and they do what they think I might do. They might come in the office and ask me questions and I’d certainly answer their questions, but I’m not involved in the site visits or anything else.

— Jack Nicklaus

If I had one golf course, from a design standpoint, one that I really love, it would probably be Pinehurst. There’s a totally tree-lined golf course where trees are not a part of the strategy.

— Jack Nicklaus

I gravitated towards the field of clothing design, partly because it is a creative format that is modern and optimistic.

— Issey Miyake

Design is a vital component to the enrichment of our everyday lives. Japan has a very rich history and culture of design, and I feel it is a very important dialogue to open and keep evolving.

— Issey Miyake

I’m not into politics but I am committed to a cause: ensuring design technology and engineering stays on the U.K. curriculum, alongside science and maths – grounding abstract theory, merging the practical with the academic.

— James Dyson

Britain’s great strength is its innovative, design and engineering natural ability and we’re not using it.

— James Dyson

When you say ‘design,’ everybody thinks of magazine pages. So it’s an emotive word. Everybody thinks it’s how something looks, whereas for me, design is pretty much everything.

— James Dyson

I don’t particularly follow the Bauhaus school of design, where you make everything into a black box – simplify it.

— James Dyson

You can design a mortgage system that is different without a Fannie and Freddie, but there are principles you have to have, to have a good system.

— Jamie Dimon

If you only design menus that are essentially junk or fast food, the whole infrastructure supports junk.

— Jamie Oliver

The Global Financial Crisis and Great Recession posed daunting new challenges for central banks around the world and spurred innovations in the design, implementation, and communication of monetary policy.

— Janet Yellen

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.

— Jim Henson

I was very interested in theatre, mostly in stage design. I did a little bit of acting.

— Jim Henson

We thought it would be fun to try to design a show that would work well internationally and so that’ s what we’re intending to do with Fraggle Rock, and we are indeed now selling it around the world.

— Jim Henson

There’s so many interesting aspects of making a movie: the costume department, the set design, the casting itself, the locations.

— Jason Statham

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

— Jim Rohn

The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one’s preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.

— Jean Cocteau

The emphasis and value on ideas and original thinking is an innate part of British culture, and in many ways, that describes the traditions of design.

— Jonathan Ive

Perhaps I’d like to design cars, but I don’t think I’d be much good at it.

— Jonathan Ive

Apple’s Industrial Design team is harder to get into than the Illuminati, and part of the reason is because no one leaves. In the last 15 years, not one of the 18 designers has ditched Apple for greener pastures.

— Jonathan Ive

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

When something’s made in the smallest volume – as a one-off couture piece – or in large quantities, deep care is critical to determine authentic, successful design and, ultimately, manufacture.

— Jonathan Ive

No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with anything like English, Mandarin, or any of the more than six thousand languages spoken today.

— Joshua Foer

The promise I’ve tried to honor my entire career, that the rule of law and the design of the founders, right, the oversight of courts and the oversight of Congress will be at the heart of what the FBI does.

— James Comey

For me, the sound design and the musical score is a big part of what makes scary movies work.

— James Wan

I have always loved clothes, and the opportunity to design my own line could not be missed. It’s a dream job.

— Jasmine Guinness

Whether by design or circumstance, every startup will eventually get disrupted.

— Jay Samit

A jellyfish is little more than a pulsating bell, a tassel of trailing tentacles and a single digestive opening through which it both eats and excretes – as regrettable an example of economy of design as ever was.

— Jeffrey Kluger

Developing games for the PC and consoles is all about everything and the kitchen sink. In many ways, you don’t have design decisions to make. You do it all. So I enjoy going back to making decisions about what’s important as I’m working on a game.

— John Carmack

It is a shame that homebrew development can’t be officially sanctioned and supported, because it would be a wonderful platform for a modern generation of programmers to be able to get a real feel for low level design work, to be contrasted with the high level web and application work that so many entry level people start with.

— John Carmack

I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.

— John Malkovich

What we’re looking at is God’s design, nature’s template, and using that as a pattern to cut around and lay it down on a domestic model to duplicate that pattern that we see in nature.

— Joel Salatin

Well, I design costumes because I started with the theater in Chicago, but somehow a few lines just sort of fell to me to do it. And I studied it in school and I always liked it.

— John Malkovich

I design all of my costumes. I like to go out there and feel like I have contributed to every part of what I do. I choose the music, the choreographer, I’ve obviously chosen my coach, my costumes – all if that falls under my realm of power, my realm of influence.

— Johnny Weir

AppStudio is a native app builder that allows you to build the app and automatically deploy it on Android, iPhone, and Windows. It lets you design it once and then implement it anywhere.

— Jack Dangermond

We tell stories with maps about global warming, biodiversity we can design more livable cities, track the spread of epidemics. That makes a difference.

— Jack Dangermond

I want to have all that scientific information that we’re building be used in designing the future so that people who make geographic decisions – and here it’s not just land-use planners, but it’s everyone: foresters, transportation engineers, people who buy a house – can analyze all of these information layers and design a future.

— Jack Dangermond

Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes.

— Jamais Cascio

Book-jacket design may become a lost art, like album-cover design, without which late-20th-century iconography would have been pauperized.

— James Wolcott

The wisdom of crowds works when the crowd is choosing the price of an ox, when there’s a single numeric average. But if it’s a design or something that matters, the decision is made by committee, and that’s crap. You want people and groups who are able to think thoughts before they share.

— Jaron Lanier

My background was in graphic design, but when I was doing it, it was all hand-drawn stuff, not computers.

— Jeffrey Dean Morgan

User-centered design means understanding what your users need, how they think, and how they behave – and incorporating that understanding into every aspect of your process.

— Jesse James Garrett

As an artist, as I design and lay out a page, the less-important things, things I want you to spend less time looking at, I draw them very small, maybe even silhouette them. The more-important pivotal scenes, I draw them larger, maybe even a double-page spread.

— Jim Lee

I think a lot of people overlook the importance of the menu as a marketing tool and a way of communicating to the customer what the ambition of their restaurant is. Not only the typeface and the design, but what is it printed on? Is it cheap-looking? Is it the right kind of paper for that restaurant?

— Joe Bastianich

I tell my workshop students, ‘I want you to think of yourselves as artists. Then, when you’re writing, you’re painting, you’re crafting, you’re making a design, you’re sculpting, you’re creating choreography, sound, a sound script.’

— Juan Felipe Herrera

I can hire out for editing, proofreading, formatting, and cover design, and those are fixed, sunk costs. Once those are paid, I can earn 70% on a self-pubbed ebook.

— J. A. Konrath

I’ve always had an interest in design, and I have always loved creating things.

— Jaime Pressly

Biomimicry is basically taking a design challenge and then finding an ecosystem that’s already solved that challenge, and literally trying to emulate what you learn.

— Janine Benyus

Brizo has been my single biggest sponsor since I began as a designer. Brizo wanted to be involved in many different areas of design – they had already worked with several architects, and fashion was an area they were interested in moving into.

— Jason Wu

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

There is not necessarily a good reason why a regulator should have to be involved in product design and marketing for rich and sophisticated investors. We recommend that such investors should be able to sign a piece of paper, which allows them to go ahead and buy unregulated products at their own risk.

— John Redwood

I don’t want to be too harsh, but there’s very little evidence for ‘intelligent design’ or any sort of creator.

— Jose Gonzalez

Each time I invent something and have it manufactured, it’s so incredibly exciting that I can’t imagine ever wanting to stop. Envisioning new products is easy for me. I just don’t have enough time in the day to design them all.

— Joy Mangano

I had been elected to the National Academy of Design in New York, and one of the requirements was that you give a portrait, a self-portrait of yourself.

— Jamie Wyeth

I learn my lines while on the golf course. I try to do two or three things at once. I have ideas for books all the time, I have ideas for paintings all the time, and I write them all down. I take my sketchpad and my iPad, which I design on, and I do sit down and do specific tasks at specific times.

— Jane Seymour

Can you design a Rorschach test that’s going to make everyone feel something every time – and that looks like a Rorschach test? It’s easy to show a picture of a kitten or a car accident. The question is, how abstract can you get and still get the audience to feel something when they don’t know what’s happening to them?

— Jason Reitman

I’d like to be able to design as easily as if I was using Photoshop. I’d like to be able to create a multicolumn layout and control source order without having to do advanced mathematics or hire Eric Meyer or Dan Cederholm to figure out the CSS, because I can’t.

— Jeffrey Zeldman

In a way, advertising, for all its shallowness, its love of design, its modishness and its self-justification, is curiously innocent. The idea of the hidden persuader or the manipulator is largely absurd.

— Justin Cartwright

I do love DVD and I’ve always taken them seriously. You know, on the Austin things, we really put a ton of work into them because there’s so much design involved. And in this one, we thought a lot about it and what could go in.

— Jay Roach

I don’t mind that I am not necessarily a household name, because I think my characters have outshined me. That was by design. And I’m not wanting for appreciation.

— Jeffrey Wright

I think there is always a need for pure design. With pure design, you don’t need so much decoration.

— Jil Sander

Initially, it was the unpractical in fashion that brought me to design my own line. I felt that it was much more attractive to cut clothes with respect for the living, three-dimensional body rather than to cover the body with decorative ideas.

— Jil Sander

It may sound ambitious, but I really hope that modern design will spread all around the globe.

— Jil Sander

I specialise in taking teams of designers, psychologists, usability experts, sociologists and ethnographers into the field. It’s called ‘corporate anthropology,’ but personally I’m more comfortable with ‘design research,’ because I’m not an anthropologist by training.

— Jan Chipchase

I’m always drooling over great design, from fashion to furniture.

— Janina Gavankar

The demise of Google Reader, if logical, is a reminder of how far we’ve come from the cuddly old ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ Google days, in which there was a foreseeably-astonishing delight in the way Google’s evolving design tricks anticipated what users would like.

— James Fallows

I love Prada shirts because they’re so decorative and figure-hugging, but I also like Reiss shirts because they’re clean, simple and look as if they’ve come off the peg from a design house.

— Jamie Bamber

Everything at Apple can be best understood through the lens of designing. Whether it’s designing the look and feel of the user experience, or the industrial design, or the system design, and even things like how the boards were laid out.

— John Sculley

A part of my kind of design and inspiration ethos is that I carry around a leather notebook and I sketch in it, doodle in it, write notes in it, and I put pictures in it.

— John Varvatos

I now add, farther, that the apostle’s argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.

— Jonathan Mayhew

If we don’t have accurate information, if we are not able to tell difficult truth one to another, we will never be able to effectively design a policy for Iraq.

— Jack Reed

Whether it’s a computer or a pen drawing, design is about drawing shapes and making physical things.

— Jake Barton

Dubstep has everything for me. Rhythm, sound design, heartfelt emotion – all in one place.

— James Blake

There are now college degrees in game design and interactive media, so if I were starting now, I would probably do that. When I started, you had to break into design from QA or programming or art, but it’s really not true anymore.

— Jane Jensen

Well, yes, I mean, I think that, you know, my sources suggest that there’s a lot of support for the notion that there is a lot of Koran abuse and that it was very much a systematic design, not just an aberration.

— Jane Mayer

Once I got out of architecture school I decided not to be an architect, I just started my own little design studio.

— Joseph Kosinski

When I was 17, I moved to Sydney to study set design at NIDA.

— Justin Kurzel

Magazines that depend on photography, and design, and long reads, and quality stuff, are going to do just fine despite the Internet and cable news.

— Jann Wenner

Every single item that we come into contact with on a daily basis has been designed by an artist. From the toothbrush we use in the morning, to the defibrillator that could save our lives, an artist is behind the design.

— Jarrett J. Krosoczka

I love the creative outlet of designing, and I love make-up and products and feel like I find so many great products around the world that I want to recreate, so I want to do that or design.

— Jessica Hart

I wouldn’t like to live in a castle now, but I’d enjoy a visit to Restormel in Cornwall in its 13th century prime. It’s a circular castle with the rooms built against the outer walls and quite intimate in size. Life there wouldn’t follow the pattern of more classic castle design.

— Jo Beverley

There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy.

— John Baldacci

It is not that you do wrong by design, but that you should never do right by mistake.

— Junius

With the Larry Bertlemann portrait, I started with a photograph that I could use for it. I built the drawing’s identity to serve as a graphic identity. After a number of sketches, I went into my own abstract vernacular of drawn lines and shapes to create the composition for the poster design.

— John Van Hamersveld

I look at graphic design as communication, meaning that the work has to have a vibe to connect to the viewer or perceiver. I make a black and white drawing and then add color digitally, bringing in a contemporary pattern to the composition to create a vibrance.

— John Van Hamersveld

We want people to realize you are at a design school, not a land grant college. The way we look says a great deal about who we are.

— James Hall

My dad wanted me to be a professional person, which I was – I was a civil engineer. I graduated from civil engineering at USC in California. I became an engineer, and I helped design the roads for the L.A. County Roads Department. And I did that for about one and a half years in a sense to please my parents – to be a ‘respectable’ person.

— James Hong

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

I wouldn’t know how to design. I couldn’t even if I wanted to, for I can’t draw, and a pair of scissors in my hands becomes a dangerous weapon.

— Jean Patou

Once the product’s task is known, design the interface first then implement to the interface design.

— Jef Raskin

If you watched companies such as Sony and Samsung grow, they focused first on features and then on industrial design, which made their products look and feel better.

— Jefferson Han

Language, philosophy, and science are interwoven into the design of words, which are manipulated to create surprising illusions.

— John Langdon

The world is not to be approached, blueprint in hand, as if it were so much raw material waiting to be fashioned to someone’s design.

— Jonathan Schell

Obviously, I come from one background, and the people that design fitness equipment have been doing it for years and years, and they know what works and doesn’t work.

— Lance Armstrong

Tiles, the best furniture, fabrics, bath fixtures, bronze – just leaf through any design magazine and you immediately understand they’re all ‘Made in Italy.’ We have the premier opera house in the world, La Scala, and behind the Nobel given to CERN is the research of many Italians.

— Lapo Elkann

By no definition of any modern scientist is intelligent design science, and it’s a waste of our students’ time to subject them to it.

— Lawrence M. Krauss

Intelligent design is consistent with any faith system I can think of, because most faith systems believe that there is a creator.

— Lee Strobel

Hey, I’m a good software engineer, but I’m not exactly known for my fashion sense. White socks and sandals don’t translate to ‘good design sense’.

— Linus Torvalds

I mean, I think about it, but I don’t design my record to get a certain public response.

— Liz Phair

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

— Louis Kahn

If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings.

— Lance Loud

Often, we think that things are the way they are because of intelligent design – because somebody super-smart, or some group of academics, came up with the best system ever to do XYZ. Actually, things are often the way they are because of an accident of history.

— Leila Janah

I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer. In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.

— Len Wein

There’s always so much more that can be conveyed on screen visually in the expressions of people’s faces, in their bodies, in their body language. And also with sound design, with music.

— Lynn Shelton

I love HGTV. I love working on my house and have really been bit by the ‘luxury remodeling’ bug. ‘Million Dollar Rooms,’ ‘Million Dollar Listing’… any show that can give me design inspiration, I soak it in and try my hand at it. Home Depot is my second home!

— Laz Alonso

A soup manufacturer uses the same colors and design on every label to catch the consumer’s eye and assure her that she’s getting brand-name quality, whether she’s buying bean soup or corn chowder or cream of tomato.

— Leigh Michaels

Surprisingly, the Eisenhower Memorial design contains almost none of the known Gehry-box of tricks. His giant etched chain-link curtain, first applied in 1979 to hide an ungracious parking garage at Santa Monica Place, is resurrected for Eisenhower to screen the equally graceless facade of the Department of Education.

— Leon Krier

In this fast-developing world, particularly in the fast-transforming China market, we really need to take this opportunity and offer a modern interpretation of Scandinavian design which fits people’s demands perfectly.

— Li Shufu

Volvo has one weakness, and that is in the interior design. They have not adapted to the Chinese people’s perception of luxury when it comes to the interior design, and this has to be addressed.

— Li Shufu

Design is very, very critical for the success of the car. We want to find the distinctive features for Chinese cars on the world stage.

— Li Shufu

Once you come up with a premise, you have to work out how it all happened. It’s a bit like coming up with a spectacular roof design first. Before you can get it up there, you need to build a solid foundation and supporting structure.

— Linwood Barclay

But the Supreme Court does not make sweeping changes in constitutional law by accident, or by its own design. Rather, the Court is limited to deciding the cases that the parties ask the Court to decide.

— Lisa Blatt

Of course, I did lots of what would be called graphic design now, what used to be called commercial art.

— Leonard Baskin

I’m also interested in pets with alopecia. And design. I’m surprised I haven’t gone through with a homeware brand. The bedding, the comforters, the candles, the this and that. I would like to design everything.

— Lisa Vanderpump

I thank Marc Jacobs so much for giving me the opportunity to design a shoe for Louis Vuitton, but the thing that broke my heart most was when they said, ‘You’re finished. The shoe’s finished.’

— Kanye West
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