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“The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them” – David Hicks

“Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” -Billy Baldwin

“Our homes should inspire us to go out into the world to do great things and then welcome us back for refreshment.” – Melissa Michaels

“Have nothing in your house that you do not believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.”

“We design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us.” Anne-Marie Willis

“To develop in taste, quality, and personality one is obliged to respect the past, accept the present, and look with enthusiasm toward the future.” Eleanor Brown, The Finest Rooms by America’s Great Decorators

“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” Donna Karan

“Decorating is like music. Harmony is what we constantly strive for. At home, we want a peaceful atmosphere where the objects are the notes and nothing is off-key.” Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Rachel Zoe

 “Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well being.” – Albert Hadley

“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.” – Andre Putman

“As we evolve, our homes should too.” – Suzanne Tucker

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“For those who are afraid of mixing different wood tones, I would say not only can you, but you must. If all woods are the same, it looks like bad hotel decorating.” – Alexa Hampton

“A room should feel collected, not decorated.” – Elsie de Wolfe

“Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet. It’s anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living.” – Peter Walsh

“Luxury, to me, is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you appreciate things.” – Oscar de la Renta

“The best design projects are the ones where people broke the rules.” – Nate Berkus

“We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.” – Winston Churchill

“I am going to make everything around me beautiful, that will be my life.” – Elsie de Wolfe

“If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.” – Bunny Williams

“A room is not a room without natural light.” – Louis Kahn

“The door handle is the handshake of the building.” – Juhani Pallasmaa

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” – Le Corbusier

“No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.” – William Morris

“Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room.” – Mark Hampton

“I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.” – Dorothy Draper

“Dare to be different and unique but make sure you answer the brief ” – @amiconsulting

“Being identifiably ‘something’ will help you stand out from the crowd. ” – @RunForTheHillls

“The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.” – David Hicks

“Be patient and positive. These things take time and do not happen overnight. ” – @noushkadesign

“Most importunely enjoy it and welcome to this fabulous world of interior design ” – @Twist_Interiors

“Underneath all I design lies the solid belief that beauty is a positive force.” – Barbara Barry

“If your client doesn’t already know they’re style be the one to help them find it ” – @atominteriors”

“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” – Billy Baldwin

“To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it.” – Albert Ha

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

The Meaning of Design

1. “Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.” — Erik Adigard, Communication and Experience Designer

2. “Design is where science and art break even.” — Robin Mathew, Designer

3. “To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it’s just planning.” — Ayse Birsel , Designer, Author and Co-founder of Birsel + Seck

4. “Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.” — Bryan Lawson, Author, Architect and Scholar

5. “Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.” — David Lewis, Industrial Designer

6. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” — Steve Jobs

7. “Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.” — Pete Hein, Architect, Poet and Mathematician

8. “In a very real way, designers create the human environment; they make the things we use, the places we live and work, our modes of communication and mobility. Simply put, design matters. And at a moment in our history in which the scientific community has issued serious warnings about the negative impacts of our flawed designs-from global warming and water pollution to the loss of biodiversity and natural resources-designers have a critical role to play in the creation of a more just, healthful and sustainable world.” — William McDonough, Architect, Designer and Author

Mobile Design Quotes

9. “Experiences we have come to expect on mobile apps have created new standards and expectations for all digital media including the web. The result is websites are evolving to become more app-like in their rich functionality.” — Raj Aggarwal, Cofounder of Stealth Startup

10. “End users not technologies shape the market. Consequently, marketers need to stay abreast not only of technological developments but also of the way people respond to them.” — Matt Haig, Author of Mobile Marketing: The Message Revolution”

11. “Mobile is the enabling centerpiece of digital convergence. Mobile is the glue for all other digital industries to use when approaching convergence, but mobile is also the digital gateway for the real world to join in this global metamorphosis of human behavior.” — Tomi Ahonen, Author, Consultant and Motivational Speaker

Good and Bad Design

12. “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” — Joe Sparano, Designer and Teacher

13. “The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.” — Paul Rand, Art Director and Graphic Designer

14. “You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design.” — Stefan Sagmeister, Designer at Sagmeister & Walsh

15. “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

16. “I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about.” — Carrie Phillips

17. “The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.” — Adam Judge, Author of “The Little Black Book of Design”

18. “Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.” — Joshua Brewer, Co-founder and CEO of Abstract

19. “Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.” Jon Franklin, Writer

20. “Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.” — Chris Bangle, Automobile Designer

21. “What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.” — Ray Eames, Designer

22. “Designers love subtle cues, because subtlety is one of the traits of sophisticated design. But Web users are generally in such a hurry that they routinely miss subtle cues.” — Steve Krug, Author and UX Professional

23. “The next big thing is the one that makes the last big thing usable.” — Blake Ross, Software Engineer

24. “A Design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.” — Brenda Laurel, Scholar, Author and Researcher

Clients and Users

25. “If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.” — Michael Bierut, Designer and Educator

26. “I’ve never had a problem with a dumb client. There is no such thing as a bad client. Part of our job is to do good work and get the client to accept it.” — Bob Gill, Illustrator and Graphic Designer

27. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” — Red Adair, Oil Well Firefighter

28. “The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” — Charles Eames, Designer

29. “The customers, the visitors, the patients, the readers, the guests, whatever you call them — their experience is what determines the company’s success or failure. So focus first on the overall experience. It’s strategic, not tactical. It’s about the people, not the tool. Focusing on the larger picture first will set a better context in which to work — later — on usability tactics.” — Mark Hurst, Founder and CEO of Creative Good

30. “ Pay attention to what users do, not what they say” — Jakob Nielsen, Usability Expert, Co-Founder and Principal of the Nielsen-Norman Group

31. “You have to start with the customer experience and work your way back to technology.” — Steve Jobs

Art and Design in Life

32. “Art must not be concentrated in dead shrines called museums. It must be spread everywhere — on the streets, in the trams, factories, workshops, and in the workers’ homes. — Vladimir Mayakovsky, Artist, Writer and Actor

33. “Each color lives by its mysterious life.” — Wassily Kandinsky, Painter and Art Critic

34. “The conception of ‘artistic work’ presupposes a distinction between useful and useless work and as there are only a few artists, buyers can be found even for their useless products. The artist’s work lies beyond the boundaries of the useful and the useless.” — El Lissitzky, Artist, Typographer and Architect

35. “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” — Le Corbusier, Architect, Urban Planner and Designer

36. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. — Leonardo da Vinci

Learning and Design Quotes

37. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso

38. “It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.” — Paula Scher, Designer and Partner at Pentagram

39. “It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds.” — Paula Scher

Quotes About the Creative Process

40. “Love blinds us. Don’t love anything — an idea, a tool, a graphic, a technique, a technology, a client, or a colleague — too much.” — Adam Judge

41. “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” — Mark Twain

42. “Every great design begins with an even better story.” — Lorinda Mamo, Designer, Blogger and Interior Stylist

43. “Accidents often produce the best solutions. Only you can recognize the difference between an accident and your original intent.” — Jennifer Morla, President and Creative Director of Morla Design

44. “Engineers and designers simultaneously know too much and too little. They know too much about the technology and too little about how other people live their lives and do their activities”. — Donald Norman, Author, Professor and Co-founder of the Nielsen-Norman Group

45. “Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.” — Salvador Dali

46. “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” — Shigeru Miyamoto, Pioneering Nintendo Game Developer

47. “Testing with one user early in the project is better than testing with 50 near the end.” — Steve Krug

48. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

49. “This is what happens when we design for everyone — we ‘dumb things down’ to the point that they become useless or inefficient for most people. How does this happen? Well, because although everyone in the world might want to use your product or your website, they’ll want to use it in a very particular way. In order to design your product well for them, you need to understand how they’ll use it and design to support that behaviour.” — Leisa Reichelt , Head of Research and Insights at Atlassian

50. In order to design your product well for them, you need to understand how they’ll use it and design to support that behaviour.” — Leisa Reichelt, Head of Research and Insights at Atlassian

51. “A startup founder who ‘gets’ user experience and design will likely create a more successful product than one who does not. It’s not just because a great user experience makes a product more enjoyable and ultimately fun to use. It’s because this type of design thinking and understanding of the customer seeps into every other aspect of the product.” — Jeff Gothelf, Author, Business Consultant

52. “Design thinkers look past a project to the next project, to the next step in the strategy. They look sideways to the tangents that are affected by the result, and longer term to the investment required as a result of solving the problem currently in front of the team. No problem is solved in isolation-either from the past, or from the future.” — Mark Dziersk , Industrial Designer, Managing Director at LUNAR

53. “Usability testing should not be a stage gate in your design and development process. It should be a tool with which to gather helpful, diagnostic information from your target users. It’s a means of understanding the goodness of a design’s fit to the intended users’ problems.” — Paul J. Sherman, Founder and Principal Consultant of ShermanUX

54. “If you can make something significantly clearer by making it slightly inconsistent, choose in favor of clarity.” — Steve Krug

55. “Far too often, we treat web development as a sprint rather than a marathon. It is the experience designer’s job, in part, to help everyone walk the steps of the experience they’ll create before they run — especially when they’ll be doing so in tandem.” — Andrew Maier, Design Researcher

Quotes About Teamwork in Design and Beyond

56. “A healthy team is made up of people who have the attitude that it is better to learn something new than to be right.” — Bill Buxton, Computer Scientist and Designer

57. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” — Michael Jordan

58. “Paradoxically, when we advocate for the user within our product or service development teams, we are, in effect, simultaneously advocating for the team to our users.” — Michael Cummings, Usability Analyst

59. “UX suffers when we wall ourselves off from the rest of the organization. Getting people from other disciplines involved gives them the opportunity to feel that you’re all working toward a common goal. At the same time, it gives you the opportunity to advocate user-centered thinking and gain that critical buy-in.” — John Ferrara, Senior UX Designer at Ferrera

60. “Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” — Patrick Lencioni, Author and Founder of The Table Group

61. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

62. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” — Phil Jackson, Basketball Player, Coach, and Executive

63. “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ― George Shinn, Sports Executive

64. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” ― Sir Isaac Newton

65. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard, Author

66. “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler, Actress, Author, and Television Producer

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The Principle Of The Design – The Harmony, Rhythm And Balance Are All The Same With Interior And Fashion Design. – Venus Williams

“A house is much more than a mere shelter—it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.”
John Saladino, interior designer and architect

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”
Charles Eames, architect and designer

“Minimalism is designing to allow the art, the books, the view, the people—whatever matters most to the inhabitant—to be the soul of the space.”
Deborah Berke, architect

“Good design doesn’t date.”
Harry Seidler, architect

“You create your own decoration. You choose your color, you choose your mood…. If you are depressed, you put some bright yellow and suddenly you are happy.”
Philippe Starck, interior designer

“Nothing adds soul to a space like a distinctive wall covering. It envelops the room in such unique spirit. Designs that may read as too loud in larger quantities are a great choice to accentuate in moderation, such as on a ceiling or one wall. In smaller doses, they evoke just the right amount of drama.”
Kelly Wearstler, interior designer

“I want to create a place, like a little island, where you can have all your things around you and be comfortable and read a book and even sleep overnight.”
Patricia Urquiola, interior designer

“When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home.”
Rose Tarlow, interior designer

First, you have to be sensitive to the psychology of the room. Color plays a huge role in the emotions that are evoked in the space: use color to maximize intended emotions for the area. The furniture plan and flow are also important; not enough furniture— or too much—can kill a room’s mood. Getting the proportions of the furnishings right is also essential. For example, low furniture in a room with tall ceilings can make its occupants feel diminished and unimportant.

“Then, consider practicality. Who wants to worry about the inevitable spilled glass of red wine or water ring on the antique side table? One of the most important aspects of a welcoming space is that it has been designed to really work for the way that you live. Today, with so many terrific options in terms of high-performance fabrics, you don’t have to squirm at the smallest accident.

“Just as homes can be laid out to maximize social interaction, an individual room can be designed to positively reinforce parent-child bonds. The placement and relationship of each piece of furniture to another affects how human connections are made. For instance, adding an L-shaped sectional to a family room with an ottoman in front invites everyone to gather to play games, do homework, and converse. Having an inviting, comfortable, well-lit place to read to a child fosters intimacy. Including trundle beds in children’s rooms makes it easy to have sleepovers, promoting socialization.

Color is, of course, the easiest way to make a bold statement. There are no bad colors, but it is a lot easier to create an exuberant interior with red than it is with beige.

“Love of strong color is a personality trait, and like an MGM musical, I choose to decorate in Technicolor. There are no rules when using color to foster exuberance, but I like using a classic combination like blue and white as a jumping-off point and then adding in the spice—such as orange.”


“Modernity and its manifestations in the physical world—what is considered “modern”—can be easily misunderstood. Modernity is not about minimalism or everything being white and reductive. When this happens—and the pendulum often swings in that direction—modernity falls into a style or, worse, a cult.

It then has the potential to become tyrannical and intolerant, unaware of all the potent and fascinating forces in design that brought the modern world, as we think of it, into being. True modernity in design can reference the past and allude to the future, but it always exhibits a confidence and resolution that is completely understood in the here and now.”


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