Jax Wechsler

Design quotes

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:

– verb

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.

intention; purpose


David Kelly of IDEO

“The only thing that’s not designed by us is nature. “

Dan Pink

“Design is a high-concept aptitude that is difficult to outsource of automate – and that increasingly confers a competitive advantage in business”

Steve Jobs

“design is the soul of a man made creation”

Dan Brown

“Design is an agent of change that enables us to understand complex changes and problems, and to turn them into something useful.”

Herbert Simon

“changing existing situations to preferred ones”

Donald Schon

“a dynamic knowing process”

Buchanan, Richard

“the subject matter of design is potentially universal in scope”

D.H. Lawrence

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.

Santiago Borray

Design is like a mom, nobody noticed when she’ s around, but everyone misses her when she us not

Joe Sporano

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”

Issey Miyake

“Design is not for philosophy — it’s for life.”

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