Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
A part of my kind of design and inspiration ethos is that I carry around a leather notebook and I sketch in it, doodle in it, write notes in it, and I put pictures in it.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it's often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.