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Life is tough; thank God there's design. (Paola Antonelli)

I aim to create furniture that appears in a room as buildings on a skyline and reminds the viewer of the interaction between objects of design and architectural space. (Gae Aulenti)

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. (Sir Francis Bacon)

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

Sometimes I lure myself step by step away from realism... it's much harder than simply painting what I see and sometimes isn't a very comfortable way to work. By putting concept first I can concentrate on good design. (Judith Blain)

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it. (Pierre Bonnard)

The motivation for design comes from an unfailing sense of wonder about light and its effects on the form of everyday images. (Robert E. Buchanan)

Design is everything. (William Merritt Chase)

Devotion to the facts will always give the pleasures of recognition; adherence to the rules of design, the pleasures of order and certainty. (Sir Kenneth Clark)

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)

Artistic Missions are to entertain the spirit. Design Missions are to enhance the quality of life and profit from achievement. (Duane Dorshimer)

-quoting Leonardo da Vinci, Heroes of History...
'Art lies in conceiving and designing, not in the actual execution' - this was left for lesser minds. (Will Durant)

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

Any time one or more things are consciously put together in a way that they can accomplish something better than they could have accomplished individually, this is an act of design. (Charles Eames)

The details are not the details. They make the design. (Charles Eames)

The design of negative space can be just as important as the positive image. (Joan Fedoroshyn)

I sit in chairs, but it doesn't mean I can be a furniture designer. (Bridget Foley)

As I see it our job as designers is to find as many varied routes for the eye to follow through the composition as possible. (Peter Folkes)

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. (Buckminster Fuller)

After you have designed the composition, everything else you do is merely execution - not that execution is by any means trivial, but virtuosity of execution is for naught if the composition is wanting. (John Gargano)

Designers are to be in connection with what's happening with the movement of society. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

An opening and a receptiveness to design and pattern for its own sake seems to free the painting hand. (Robert Genn)

If an artist comes intuitively from the point of design, notan – lightness/darkness – is natural. (Sara Genn)

The hope of good design lies in those designers who believe in what they do and will only do what they believe. (Alexander Girard)

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking. (Milton Glaser)

Effective design occurs when negative and positive spaces are in harmony. (Joseph Gyurcsak)

Working in a studio environment with a still life, portrait or figure gives you a great deal of control in the design. You can carefully plan the position and movement of the subject, adding and subtracting elements as needed. (Sidney Hermel)

Good design is self-evident and needs little or no change or further criticism. (Charles Hoffmann)

If the basic shapes of a painting are not well designed and exciting, there is little purpose in continuing... (Jane R. Hofstetter)

Design is the purpose of elements like composition, proportion and balance. (Pepper Hume)

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. (Steve Jobs)

There is a danger in too strong a reliance on design as an end in itself that can lead to a kind of fatal self-indulgence. Design and composition should always serve multiple objectives. (Michael Jorden)

A good design for a painting means nothing unless you have the knowledge and skill it takes to execute it in a way that will satisfy you. (Daniel J. Keys)

Dance design is not simply one element; it is that without which ballet cannot exist. As aria is to opera, words to poetry, color to painting, so sequence in steps - their syntax, idiom, vocabulary - are the stuff of stage dancing. (Lincoln Kirstein)

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)

Someday when I understand more things than I do now, the fundamentals of my drawing will be so tightly woven into those of existence that I will easily and naturally find the design which is the answer to many questions. Meanwhile, I draw continuously. (Rico Lebrun)

Use pleasing design and colour. (A. C. Leighton)

Use design as a framework to bring order out of chaos. (Nita Leland)

I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. (Marcel Marceau)

The mind's eye can compose far more elaborate designs than can be seen by the physical. (Duffy Masterson)

There is no better designer than nature. (Alexander McQueen)

The science of design, or of line-drawing, if you like to use this term, is the source and very essence of painting, sculpture, architecture... Sometimes... it seems to me that... all the works of the human brain and hand are either design itself or a branch of that art. (Michelangelo)

Designing is not a profession but an attitude... Thinking in relationships. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

Design is the organization of materials and processes in the most productive way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

Design... is the integration of technological, social, and economical requirements, biological necessities, and the psychological effects of materials, shape, color, volume and space. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense. (Bruno Munari)

Good design, like good painting, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations. (George Nelson)

Design for joy! (Suhasini Paul)

Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident. (Robert L. Peters)

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future. (Robert L. Peters)

Any subject is suitable provided it is of sufficient interest, but the design must be very carefully considered, and plenty of time and thought given to its construction. (Walter J. Phillips)

Carry a notebook and write down examples of good and poor design. After a week, you'll begin to realize that nearly everything is the product of a design decision. (Daniel H. Pink)

Every painting must have a design structure, a foundation of line and shapes on which to build the values, color and detail. (Carlton Plummer)

The artistic process... is a recursive one... not linear, but spiral. Design is the element which elevates our work and makes it memorable. (Peter Prest)

Design reveals what Art conceals. (Marlene Proteau)

Good design means as little design as possible. (Dieter Rams)

The abilities to draw and paint are slaves to good design. (David Rankin)

What seems to divide the excellent and lasting from the mundane and forgettable works is the underlying design control... this basic abstract organization of elements. (Ron Ranson)

Through the use of design elements and strong light patterns, I strive to give... common objects their chance for center stage. (Susan McKinnon Rasmussen)

...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)

- Pacific Report, 1989...
It's hard to understand how you arrive at a design. It's far too complicated to get any overall picture of. (Bill Reid)

A good abstract is created by design, carefully orchestrated by the artist. (CJ Rider)

Design your painting using small notan studies first... notan is the balance of light and dark in your painting. (Richard Robinson)

No design is possible until the materials with which you design are completely understood. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

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 isn't USELESS, it's better USED:LESS. (Paul Sandip)

Good design has no definition, needs no explanation. It has only sensation. (Paul Sandip)

Design and detail become a symphony concert with layers of rhythm, melody and beat -- visual crescendos, rests, and layers of experience resonate over and over and over. (Eric Serritella)

I try to think and design in color. (Nelson Shanks)

Good design is a great combination of common sense, unusual imagination, clarity of purpose – with a prerequisite knowledge of structure, values, color, aesthetic insight and a deep reverence for the love of life. (Millard Sheets)

Design may be the logical solution to a problem, but it's never a formula. Design grows out of clarity of purpose. (Millard Sheets)

You must be the sort of person who can see the glamor in any project if it has an elegant design. You must be the sort of person who finds bad design physically nauseating. (William Shipley)

Design thinking provides a set of creative methodologies for solving problems and generating ideas that is based on building up solutions, rather than starting with the answer. (Peter Sims)

Always think of drawing, getting the forms realized, emphasizing the design. (John Sloan)

Unless it gets in the way of a creative flash of inspiration, design time is never wasted. (Tony Smibert)

Design is everything. It is the structure of the painting. Among the major principles of design, unity is probably the most important... how the elements work together. (Marion Starr)

The design process is basic problem-solving. (Jack Stoops)

Design ideas are more apt to flow from a mind that has been imprinted with rich and varied visual experience, rather than one that has had limited exposure. (Jack Stoops)

Let no man who is not a Mathematician read the elements of my work. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Design is more hands off, not as personal. Fine arts is everything about you. (Connie Watts)

The painting begins as a feeling but ends as another body of myself. Therefore, design knowledge not only strengthens the painting, but puts backbone into the painter. (Frank Webb)

Design is like gravity – the force that holds it all together. (Edgar A. Whitney)

How can I qualify my faith in the inviolability of the design principles? Their virtue is demonstrated. They work. (Edgar A. Whitney)

A masterly, powerful stature as a designer can be acquired only by a fairly normal mind plus scholarship. (Edgar A. Whitney)

If the design is sound, and the values are correct, almost any colors within reason will work. Beautiful color harmonies, on the other hand, will not save a painting whose design and values are poorly considered. (Eric Wiegardt)

The backgrounds by design are a very key part of the conversation, because I want a kind of fight or pressure to exist between the figure and the background. (Kehinde Wiley)

It's all in how you arrange the thing... the careful balance of the design is the motion. (Andrew Wyeth)

Remember it's the design that's important. Try and try till you get the thing to work. (Milford Zornes)