Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Musings on Design

I came across an intriguing quote about Design this morning while I was visiting the website of E Studio Design Consultants (, who are one of my contacts on LinkedIn. It made think about the inherent complexity of items involved in Design and how each choice we make matters and shapes not only the final product but everything around it.

While the dictionary defines the noun design as meaning:
-a mental project or scheme in which means to an end are laid down
-a preliminary sketch or outline showing the main features of something to be executed (ex: the design for the new stadium)
-an underlying scheme that governs functioning, developing, or unfolding
-a plan or protocol for carrying out or accomplishing something (as a scientific experiment)
-the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art
-the creative art of executing aesthetic or functional designs

I think the following quote from Erik Adigard explains it far better:
"Design is everything we make but it is also between those things. It's a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy."

Here are some other quotes about Design that I think you might enjoy:
-"Design is the human power to conceive, plan, and realize products that serve human beings in the accomplishment of any individual or collective purpose." (Dick Buchanan)
-"Design is making things right." (Ralph Kaplan)
-"Design is the glimmer in God's eye." (Anonymous)

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