we've pulled together some words on design by a variety of folk as a source of inspiration for the week. some of the people quoted may surprise you....and their words may help you to think about your concerns as an environmental designer in touch with the world. we would encourage you to think deeply about the impact of your design interventions, both for this study and later in your practice as a designer.
design within a web...
“Good design is a Renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something.”
--Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art
"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” --Buckminster Fuller
design has social purpose...
"Design is creation in or alteration of the world to meet the needs and desires of people.”
--Dirk Knemeyer, Thread Inc.
the deep meaning of design...
“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”
--Steve Jobs, Apple Computer
design has many outward impacts...
“If I’m going to talk about design, that purely arbitrary and immensely human construct, I should say that by design I mean the process both physical and mental by which people give an order to objects, community, environments and behavior.”
a musical metaphor...
“The designer leads a kind of karaoke existence, always singing someone else's song, and never saying what he thinks should be said.”
when you're feeling stuck...
"Design depends largely on constraints.”
something funny...AND perhaps useful...
“A designer should only use these 5 typefaces: Bodoni, Helvetica, Times Roman, Century, Futura.”
design brings together many opportunities...
“No design can exist in isolation. It is always related, sometimes in very complex ways, to an entire constellation of influencing situations and attitudes. What we call a good design is one which achieves integrity – that is, unity or wholeness – in balanced relation to its environment. The reason good design is hard to come by is that its creation demands a high degree of emotional and intellectual maturity in the designer, and such people are not found too often.”
“Good design at least part of the time, includes the criteria of being direct in relation to the problem at hand – not obscure, trendy, or stylish. A new language, visual or verbal, must be couched in a language that is already understood.”
“Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.”