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Design ethos key aphorisms


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A few key ideas on design to introduce some of its fundamental characteristics...

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  • 1. Design ethos: key aphorisms
  • 2. When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 3. A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable Louis Kahn
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Thomas A. Edison
  • 9. Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. Charles Eames
  • 10. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison
  • 11. Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 12. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison
  • 13. Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 14. In my opinion, no single design is apt to be optimal for everyone. Donald Norman
  • 15. A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 16. 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
  • 17. Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons. R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 18. Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de- geniuses them. R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 19. The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual. R. Buckminster Fuller
  • 20. I'm drawn to furniture design as complete architecture on a minor scale. Brad Pitt Ever since I was young I loved making things and being part of the design process. Maria Sharapova