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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.