Design Quotes

  • “Design is the contrast of the core of limitations therefore there are no boundaries. It is simply an interpretation of creativity.”-
    o Jenaiha Woods

  • “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
    o Dr. Edwin Land

  • “I think so many of the objects we’re surrounded by seem trivial. And I think that’s because they’re either trying to make a statement or trying to be overtly different. What we were trying to do was have a very honest approach and an exploration of materials and surface treatment. So much of what we try to do is get to a point where the solution seems inevitable: you know, you think ‘of course it’s that way, why would it be any other way?’ It looks so obvious, but that sense of inevitability in the solution is really hard to achieve.”
  • “The more I learnt about this cheeky – almost rebellious – company, the more it appealed to me, as it unapologetically pointed to an alternative in a complacent and creatively bankrupt industry. Apple stood for something and had reason for being that wasn’t just about making money.”
    o Jonathan Ive, Designer of the iMac, iBook and iPod, at college when he used a Mac for the first time

  • “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.”
    o Plato

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

  • “An important aspect of design is the degree to which the object involves you in its own completion.”
    o Brian Eno

  • “Designing pages in HTML is a lot like having sex in a bathtub. If you don’t know anything about sex, it won’t help to know a lot about bathtubs.”
    o Michael L. Kaufman

  • “Design is about creatively exploiting constraint”
    o Inflate Design Studios

  • “The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich visual world of experience and measurement on mere flatland?”
    o Edward R. Tufte

  • “Aesthetics is the standard by which a work of art is judged.”
    o Paul Rand

  • “Anyone who would letterspace blackletter would steal sheep.”
    o Frederic Goudy
    + Often misquoted as “Anyone who would letterspace lowercase would steal sheep.”

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