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Magazine Design Quotes


"Verbalizing design is another act of design." - Kenya Hara

"Desire reveals design, and design reveals destiny." - John Eldredge

"When you say 'design,' everybody thinks of magazine pages. So it's an emotive word. Everybody thinks it's how something looks, whereas for me, design is pretty much everything." - James Dyson

"Simple design, intense content." - Edward Tufte

"Think more design less" - Ellen Lupton

"Design is people." - Jane Jacobs

"Everything is design. Everything!" - Paul Rand

"Content informs design; design without content is decoration." - Jeffrey Zeldman

"Design is not art. Design is utilitarian, art is not." - Massimo Vignelli

"Good design is serious business." - Alan G. Lafley

"Design really can be anything." - Paula Scher

"Design always has a purpose." - Paula Scher

"Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration." - Jeffrey Zeldman

"Everything we do is designed, whether we're producing a magazine, a website, or a bridge. Design is really the creative invention that designs everything." - Henry Petroski

"It's great to design a beautiful, modern, sleek home like you'd see in a magazine. But if it doesn't suit your lifestyle, it's really wasted." - Candice Olson

"Good design is innovative 2. Good design makes a product useful 3. Good design is aesthetic 4. Good design makes a product understandable 5. Good design is unobtrusive 6. Good design is honest 7. Good design is long-lasting 8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail 9. Good design is environmentally friendly 10. Good design is as little design as possible" - Dieter Rams

"A great magazine is sort of a net for ability ..." - Candace Wheeler

"Religion : Go Ye and Relax? in TIME magazine" - Halford E. Luccock

"I tripped and fell and posed naked for a magazine." - Gina Barberi

"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." - Paul Rand

"Luck is the residue of design." - John Milton

"Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"Work for money, design for love." - Issey Miyake

"Never design anything that cannot be made," - Jean Prouve

"Great design should tell a story." - Sol Sender

"Predictability and great design are not friends." - Fred Brooks

"Good design makes a product understandable." - Dieter Rams

"Design is a response to social change." - George Nelson

"Good design doesn't cost, but it pays." - Richard Driehaus

"If design isn't profitable, then it's art." - Henrik Fisker

"Luck is a residue of design." - Branch Rickey

"Great design is serious, not solemn" - Paula Scher

"Yes, design can make you happy." - Stefan Sagmeister

"Design provides solutions, art asks questions." - John Maeda

"Design exists to serve some purpose." - Paula Scher

"Your divine design dictates your future direction." - Aubrey Malphurs

"Design is art that people use," - Ellen Lupton

"If you do not design the future, someone or something else will design it for you." - Edward De Bono

"Design in black and white. Add color for emphasis, when your design is complete." - Diane Wilson

"Mediocre design provably wastes the world's resources, corrupts the environment, affects international competitiveness. Design is important." - Fred Brooks

"The word design is everything and nothing. The design and the product itself are inseparable." - Jonathan Ive

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs

"The new strategy is to teach intelligent design without calling it intelligent design." - Kenneth R Miller

"Accident is design / And design is accident / In a cloud of unknowing." - T S Eliot

"Design is more than meets the eye. Design is about communicating benefits. Design is not about designers. Design is not an ocean it's a fishbowl. Design is creating something you believe in." - Chuck Green

"I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself" - Guillermo Cabrera Infante

"People who read my magazine wax their turtles all the time. - as Larry Flynt" - Bill Allred

"'The New Yorker' didn't invent the magazine cartoon, but it did really establish it." - Robert Mankoff

"Design can be both a manifestation of a company's design ethic and an outward communication of a company's design ethic and drive for excellence." - Bob Lutz

"Nature expresses a design of love and truth." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"Design must be proved before a designer can be inferred." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Pure, intense emotions. It's not about design. It's about feelings." - Alber Elbaz

"On the value of blind shots to golf course design." - Alister MacKenzie

"Happiness is the object and design of our existence." - Joseph Smith Jr

"A good designer will actually design the company." - Donald A. Norman

"Design cannot precede evolution and therefore cannot underlie the universe." - Richard Dawkins

"Design without discipline is anarchy, an exercise of irresponsibilit y." - Massimo Vignelli

"Everything is as it should be. God's design is perfect." - Yasmin Mogahed

"Design is a career where you learn creative decision making." - Biz Stone

"Design is more important than technology in most consumer applications." - Dave McClure

"In design, be logical, search for truth, be clear." - Massimo Vignelli

"Design isn't just how it looks. It's how it works." - Steve Jobs

"Consensus processes starve innovative design by eating the resource." - Fred Brooks

"Design work doesn't just satisfy requirements, it elicits them." - Fred Brooks

"All design is the process of making experiences." - Nathan Shedroff

"A single word often betrays a great design." - Jean Racine

"Good design is thorough, down to the last detail." - Dieter Rams

"Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order" - Victor Papanek

"Design that moves others comes from issues that move you." - Jennifer Morla

"Design is the conscious imposition of meaningful order." - Jonah Lehrer

"A design isn't finished until someone is using it." - Brenda Laurel

"Conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system design." - Fred Brooks

"Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual." - Edward Tufte

"Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries." - Neville Brody

"Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future." - Robert L. Peters

"God doesn't reveal his grand design. He reveals Himself." - Frederick Buechner

"You cannot design better products by staying in the office." - Tom Kelley

"Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself." - Jay-Z

"Design your life to minimize reliance on willpower." - B. J. Fogg

"Well, you didn't design your beard too well, did you?" - Prince Philip

"Design is important because chaos is so hard." - Jules Feiffer

"Life either happens by design or default, you choose." - Bob Proctor

"Asymmetry is the rhythmic expression of functional design." - Jan Tschichold

"Design means being good, not just looking good." - Clement Mok

"Object-oriented design is the roman numerals of computing." - Rob Pike

"Once you have the statement, it will design itself." - Bob Gill

"Music definitely inspires my design all the time." - Lenny Kravitz

"Architects design houses. I live in a home." - Peter Eisenman

"I am always locked in my design studio." - Valentino Garavani

"Design theorists are no friends of theistic evolution." - William A Dembski

"I try to think and design in color." - Nelson Shanks

"Decisions are the frequent fabric of our daily design." - Don Yaeger

"Something I've really enjoyed learning more about is course design." - Ernie Els

"I design some of my own clothes now." - Kiernan Shipka

"Everything that we design is designing us back" - Jason Silva

"I definitely want to design clothes at one point." - Kendall Jenner

"Accessible design is good design." - Steve Ballmer

"Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus." - David Hockney

"Time magazine has selected their person of the year. Guess what, it's President-elect Barack Obama. Yeah, ironically, Ebony magazine announced their person of the year, and it's Ed Begley Jr." - Conan O'Brien

"The magazine was being started by a company that had no experience in business magazine publishing. It was a little difficult to get people to sort of buy into it and to join the staff, but we did." - James Daly

"It's always helpful to look outside of the web for your inspiration, to places where you might not at first expect to find a solution. The world is a collage of inspiration, from newspapers, magazine publishing, and advertising to product design, architecture and the fine arts." - Andy Clark

"I do some freelance web design stuff. I taught a directing class for this not-for-profit organization here in Chicago a couple months ago. I wrote a thing for Filmmaker Magazine a couple months ago. Occasionally, I'll get to go speak to students at a university and make a little money that way, which is great. I really like doing that." - Joe Swanberg

"Tiles, the best furniture, fabrics, bath fixtures, bronze - just leaf through any design magazine and you immediately understand they're all 'Made in Italy.' We have the premier opera house in the world, La Scala, and behind the Nobel given to CERN is the research of many Italians." - Lapo Elkann

"With this magazine, you could change the 'H' to 'G', it may be funnier and better for sales." - Wladimir Klitschko

"My mother had taken me to photographer Paul Hesse, who used some of my pictures on magazine covers." - Margaret Obrien

"Design is a field of concern, response, and enquiry as often as decision and consequence... it is convenient to group design into three simple categories, though the distinctions are in no way absolute, nor are they always so described: product design (things), environment design (places) and communication design (messages)." - Norman Potter

"Regardless of what the object of design is, humans need design. For anything humans use in their day to day life, they need design and it is a clear and concrete proof of the fundamental human right to live." - Kenji Ekuan

"Design is the term we use to describe both the process and the result of giving tangible form to human ideas. Design doesn't just contribute to the quality of life; design, in many ways, now constitutes the quality of life." - Peter Lawrence

"Design is the patterning and planning of any act toward a desired, foreseeable end... any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself works, counter to the fact that design is the primary underlying matrix of life." - Victor Papanek

"Design acknowledges change. Its meaning encompasses change in our times. To design is to 'create order and to function according to a plan.' The notion of change and design move along the same path." - Sara Little Turnbull

"Design is all about relationships. Unfortunately, many designers don't fully appreciate this. Some of the best design work I've ever done was drinking coffee or beers with engineers, marketing people, and business development hustlers. And I wholeheartedly mean design work." - Daniel Burka

"The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring." - Paul Rand

"Many, many times I find that whatever is looking good on the screen doesn't always look or feel good on the body. So who do we design for - do we design for the screen, or do we design for women?" - Alber Elbaz

"No matter how much proponents of 'intelligent design' try to clothe their views in the apparel of science, it is what it is: religion. Whose intelligence? Whose design?" - Cynthia Tucker

"Clutter is not an attribute of information, clutter is a failure of design...fix the design rather than stripping all the detail out of the map." - Edward Tufte

"If there is ever a science of programming language design, it will probably consist largely of matching languages to the design methods they support." - Robert W. Floyd

"Problems with visual design can turn users off so quickly that they never discover all the smart choices you made with navigation or interaction design." - Jesse James Garrett

"The habit of calling a finished product a Design is convenient but wrong. Design is what you do, not what you've done." - L. Bruce Archer

"Everything God does has purpose and intention behind that design. It is a master design, and every little thing has its proper place and function." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"I've been amazed at how often those outside the discipline of design assume that what designers do is decoration. Good design is problem solving." - Jeffrey Veen

"It isn't a question of enhancement through design. Whether an editor realizes it or not, design is part of what he does every time he prints the paper." - Louis Silverstein

"There is no such thing as information overload, just bad design. If something is cluttered and/or confusing, fix your design." - Edward Tufte

"Think about the market, think about the design, and think about who is going to design for that market. Hit the mark." - Tom Peters

"Design isn't Art. It's not about creating beautiful or thought-provoking things for the sake of it. Design is a discipline creating communication with a purpose." - Ben Hunt

"If you focus on design, you can call yourself a designer. If you focus on the implementation of your design, you can call yourself an architect." - Cameron Sinclair

"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

"Above all, John Galliano menswear is all about good design. And men have been short-changed by good design for too long." - John Galliano

"Design is a conscious and intuitive effort to impose meaningful order. Design is both the underlying matrix of order and the tool that creates it." - Victor Papanek

"Good design doesn't date. Bad design does." - Paul Rand

"I don't design clothes, I design dreams." - Ralph Lauren

"I studied literature design and fashion design." - Danielle Steel

"I knew since the age of four that I wanted to be a clothing designer. I read an article in LIFE magazine about two young ladies that graduated from Parsons School of Design, and when they graduated they went to Paris and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor opened a boutique for them. So I thought, "Oh, I just have to go to Parsons, that's all."" - Anna Sui

"I like to be surrounded by books. My wife Evelyn has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, so we have a lot of her Spanish and German literature books which are wasted on me, plus a lot of novels and books on art and architecture shared by us both. Evelyn used to edit an art magazine called 'FMR,' so we have a common interest in design." - David Chipperfield

"Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living." - Agatha Christie

"The boundaries of design are the same as the problem of perception." - John Hench

"You can't do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously." - Wim Crouwel

"To implement a true urban renaissance, you first need a Grand Design elaborated by strong leadership ." - Minoru Mori

"If your result needs a statistician then you should design a better experiment." - Ernest Rutherford

"There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence." - Massimo Vignelli

"Computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is." - Larry Wall

"Decide today to design and build the ideal relationship in your life. It's up to you." - Brian Tracy

"Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem." - John Maeda

"Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment." - Naoto Fukasawa

"Nature's never quite Sure she hasn't erred In her vague design...." - Robert Frost

"You have two choices: You can make a living, or you can design a life." - Jim Rohn

"It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good." - T S Eliot

"I design like I breathe. You don't ask to breathe. It just happens" - Karl Lagerfeld

"Design is all about learning from doing, that's how we evolve to the best solution." - Tim Brown

"I never see one woman when I design, it's always a universe of women" - Donna Karan

"The whole point of design is to make people feel better about themselves." - Geoffrey Beene



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