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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
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.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.