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richardhenry's avatar

Defeat some common assumptions about design, in a sentence?

Asked by richardhenry (12651points) April 23rd, 2008

Along the lines of “design isn’t just lining things up.”

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bluemukaki's avatar

Good design is something FrontPage never did.

jrpowell's avatar

Design is knowing when to stop designing.

wildflower's avatar

One of my favorite:
“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
....and there’s plenty more such quotes

robmandu's avatar

“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, Inc.

glial's avatar

Great design is invisible.

The way something looks is only 2% of its design.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

A “cool” font does not make up for weak text.

steelmarket's avatar

I may not be able to describe good design, but I know it when I see it.

mirza's avatar

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

PupnTaco's avatar

Design is not the computer just as architecture is not the hammer.

Bri_L's avatar

Good design is often decided not by what it is but by who is looking at it or when it is looked at or the circumstances under which it is being looked at.

jz1220's avatar

We don’t all wear black turtlenecks and black-rimmed glasses.

judochop's avatar

@jz1220— You lie, you lie!

richardhenry's avatar

* Pulls off mock turtleneck, hiding it under desk *

ipodrulz's avatar

Design is how something works with a human; on the outside and the inside.

stanley00's avatar

Sometimes whining/micromanaging clients end up making the design better afterall.

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