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I believe that human beings are born first and given passports later. I’m really thankful for my journey. And it’s a journey I didn’t design. Alfonso Cuaron

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Eight years of work can be copied in six months. It wasn’t inevitable that it was going to work. A stolen design is stolen time. Jonathan Ive

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A purpose, an intention, a design, strikes everywhere even the careless, the most stupid thinker. David Hume

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At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design. Jim Henson

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London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design. Renzo Piano

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Any design, whether it’s for a ship or an airplane, must be done in anticipation of potential failures. Henry Petroski

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Design has taken the place of what sailing used to be. Dennis Conner

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

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At some point in your life, if you’re lucky, you get to design the way in which things evolve. Daniel Day-Lewis

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Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it. Miguel de Cervantes

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How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design? Kinky Friedman

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Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. Charles Eames

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Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones. Herbert Simon

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It seems to be a law of design that for every advantage introduced through redesign, there is an accompanying unintended disadvantage. Henry Petroski

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Advertising is, of course, important because advertise is the final design. It’s the last layer that speaks to the customer, that tells them what you have. Tom Ford

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As an architect, I learned to think and express myself on flat forms, on paper, and to imagine the contour of the lines of a design. Gianfranco Ferre

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It’s one thing to make financial aid available to students so they can attend college. It’s another thing to design forms that students can actually fill out. Cass Sunstein

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For me, the sound design and the musical score is a big part of what makes scary movies work. James Wan

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The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows. Frank Zappa

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Interior design is a business of trust. Venus Williams

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I wouldn’t know how to design. I couldn’t even if I wanted to, for I can’t draw, and a pair of scissors in my hands becomes a dangerous weapon. Jean Patou

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I love the idea of couture and its emphasis on creation. There’s where I made my name – in design – and there’s where I’d like to stay. Jimmy Choo

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Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long. Kenzo Tange

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Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable. Donna Karan

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Any product that needs a manual to work is broken. Elon Musk 

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

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Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions. Coco Chanel

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Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Coco Chanel

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Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love. Louis Kahn

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The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. Friedrich August von Hayek

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. Douglas Adams

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 of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection. Henry Petroski

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As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown. Norman Foster

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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

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All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space. Philip Johnson

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If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

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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

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You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. Walt Disney

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I don’t start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate. Mike Davidson

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Case studies of failure should be made a part of the vocabulary of every engineer so that he or she can recall or recite them when something in a new design or design process is suggestive of what went wrong in the case study. Henry Petroski

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If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings. Lance Loud

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We have to design a health delivery system by actually talking to people and asking, ‘What would make this service better for you?’ As soon as you start asking, you get a flood of answers. Paul Farmer

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Design can never be an ultimate explanation for anything. It can only be a proximate explanation. A plane or a car is explained by a designer but that’s because the designer himself, the engineer, is explained by natural selection. Richard Dawkins

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Sometime in the future, I am a hundred percent certain scientists will sit down at a computer terminal, design what they want the organism to do, and build it. Craig Venter

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I think every business, really, has a unique reason for being, unique assets, unique attributes, a unique history. And that can be turned into a very attractive design story, essentially, that consumers can relate to. Yves Behar

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Leo Hurwicz is the father of mechanism design theory and has inspired much of my work, and Roger Myerson is an old friend and collaborator and a tremendous economist. Eric Maskin

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In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Steve Jobs

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As all human beings are, in my view, creatures of God’s design, we must respect all other human beings. That does not mean I have to agree with their choices or agree with their opinions, but indeed I respect them as human beings. Stockwell Day

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At the pinnacle of great design are products so gorgeous and lust-worthy that you want to lick them: a Porsche 911, Samsung’s Luxia TV, an Eames lounge chair or anything by Loro Piana. Gary Hamel

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My closet is organized by tops, pants, and outerwear, but not a lot of dresses. Gowns are in another room because I don’t often dress formally, even though I design gowns. Like most designers, I have a uniform, and mine is a legging. Vera Wang

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