A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
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.