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.
When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.