8 inspiring quotes Good design does not happen by accident. It is imagined, researched, planned, and then implemented. It is reimagined and rebuilt through numerous iterations until it eventually evolves into a form perfectly suited for its purpose. Good design is as important as that initial spark of imagination in turning an idea into reality.

Here are eight quotes from incredible people who know a thing or two about good design…

“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.” – Paul Rand

“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

“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

“To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.”- Charles Eames

“Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from very simple beginnings.” – Robert Collier

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely fool proof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams

“To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.” – Charles J. Givens

“Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.” – Ferdinand Porsche

Countless people have commented on the importance of design and how it has impacted their lives and business. Some of their quotes are amusing, some thoughtful, and some can change how you think.

Good design is integral to the success of anything. It is seen in our lives and in the world around us – both in nature and in the works of humankind. To foster great design in our own products and processes, it is important that we learn from what has gone before to successfully envision what should come next.