I have been working on a short animation about Design Thinking with a friend and have collected some quotes about design from a variety of sources…. Some food for thought.
[de·sign [dih-zahyn] ]
Design is defined as both a verb and a noun, it refers to both a thing and an activity.
It comes from the Latin word ‘designare’ which means “mark out, devise,”
It can be defined as:
to plan the form and structure of
to plan and fashion artistically or skillfully
to intend for a definite purpose:
to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc.
David Kelly of IDEO
“The only thing that’s not designed by us is nature. “
“Design is a high-concept aptitude that is difficult to outsource of automate – and that increasingly confers a competitive advantage in business”
“design is the soul of a man made creation”
“Design is an agent of change that enables us to understand complex changes and problems, and to turn them into something useful.”
“changing existing situations to preferred ones”
“a dynamic knowing process”
“the subject matter of design is potentially universal in scope”
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.
Design is like a mom, nobody noticed when she’ s around, but everyone misses her when she us not
“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”
“Design is not for philosophy — it’s for life.”