Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that's always in style is color.
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.
A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.