93 Industrial Design Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of industrial design quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about industrial engineering.

The Most Famous Industrial Design Quotes (Best in 2024)

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I want industrial design to be a public subject. I want people to love objects the way they love clothing. — Karim Rashid

There are professions more harmful than industrial design but only a few of them — Victor Papanek

Design is not about decorating functional forms - it is about creating forms that accord with the character of the object and that show new technologies to advantage. — Peter Behrens

Design... is the integration of technological, social, and economical requirements, biological necessities, and the psychological effects of materials, shape, color, volume and space. — Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

The fusion of art and technology that we call interface design. — Steven Johnson

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally. — Karim Rashid

Design can have such a positive impact on the way people live and on their relationships and moods. — Genevieve Gorder

The art of automobile design has progressed, until today it is regarded as one of the most important factors in the marketing of the automobile. — Harley Earl

Good design is thorough down to the last detail - Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer. — Dieter Rams

Short Industrial Design Quotes

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  • Being in the design industry, I've tended to meet more people who are affected by HIV and AIDS. — Douglas Wilson
  • Industrial design keeps the customer happy, his client in the black and the designer busy. — Raymond Loewy
  • Few service industries are designed to be 24x7 in India, and thus there was no 24x7 mentality. — Sanjay Kumar
  • [Industrial design in 50 years] will be less about looks and more about personality of artifacts. — Nicholas Negroponte
  • There's a saying in the software design industry: "Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick two." — Larry Wall
  • The computer industry is creatively bankrupt. — Sayings
  • The industrial direction is sometimes too much. We should think more about fantasy. — Roberto Cavalli
  • The design industry is really pathetic. — Marc Newson
Industrial design quote Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.

What Is Design Quotes

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The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design. — Massimo Vignelli

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

God is with the broken-hearted. When your heart breaks, it’s a good thing – the breaking of the heart is what opens it up to the light of Allah. The dunya is designed to break your heart, to crush it. — Hamza Yusuf

Industrial design quote Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.
Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.

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. — B. F. Skinner

Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people. — Shepard Fairey

The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world. — Alicia Keys

Industrial design quote Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak

Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value - democracy. — Benazir Bhutto

I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. — Tadao Ando

Creative people have to believe in the value of their work. If you don’t have any belief then you can’t give anything—designing is an act of giving, and a belief in the value of the work fuels the desire to express something. It’s important to know what your values are and to take care of them. — Peter Saville

Just as typography is human speech translated into what can be read, so photography is the translation of reality into a readable image. — Herbert Bayer

Industrial Engineering Quotes

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I was in school studying civil engineering. A guy approached me on the street and said that I had a interesting look-very exotic. He told me I should try to be in the industry. — Thuy Trang

It's a curious thing about our industry: not only do we not learn from our mistakes, we also don't learn from our successes. — Keith Braithwaite

The industry's not stupid. The industry knows that if those foods are labeled "genetically engineered," the public will shy away and won't take them. — Jeremy Rifkin

Industrial design quote Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

[M]anufacturing, science and engineering are ... incredibly creative. I'd venture to say more so than creative advertising agencies and things that are known as the creative industries. — James Dyson

There's accountability in the mutual fund industry. And they've been tremendous engines of wealth for people and they're going to continue to be so. — Jim Cramer

Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell. — John Milton

Industrial design quote If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone els
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.

I worked as a teacher in the public school system in New York City for several years, and I was a victim of the layoffs, you know, in the mid-'70s. And then I worked as a sales engineer for a company in New Jersey that was selling industrial filtration equipment. — Feisal Abdul Rauf

The global industrial economy is the engine for massive environmental degradation and massive human (and nonhuman) impoverishment. — Derrick Jensen

Bear in mind that we [ with Edward Herman] did not devise the terms "manufacture of consent" and "engineering of consent." We borrowed them from leading figures in the media, public relations industry, and academic scholarship. — Noam Chomsky

I have long aspired to make our company a noble prototype of industry, penetrating in science, reliable in engineering, creative in aesthetics and wholesomely prosperous in economics. — Edwin Land

Interior Design Quotes

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Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture. — Peter York

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

Beige is atmosphere. It's bisque, it's ivory, it's cream, it's stone, it's toast, it's cappuccino. It;s well, it's magic. — Albert Hadley

Industrial design quote Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the ide
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn't theirs.

I am going to design, in a great hurry, and I believe to build a station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc. etc. It is at Paddington, in cutting, and admitting of no exterior, all interior and all roofed in. — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life. — Elsie De Wolfe

One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes. — Verner Panton

Industrial design quote Good design is as little design as possible.
Good design is as little design as possible.

It wasn't that I had any great dream of being an architect. I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something. — Tadao Ando

I'm an artist, a designer, a craftsman, interior designer, half-architect. There's no one name that fits me very well. — Dale Chihuly

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting. — Verner Panton

Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason. — Marcel Wanders

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More Industrial Design Quotes

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I believe that there will be a larger market, a larger industry, more designers and creators, designing digital things in virtual reality and metaverses. — Jen-Hsun Jensen Huang

Industrial design quote Design is where science and art break even.
Design is where science and art break even.

Most people think that George Nelson, Charles Eames and Eliot Noyes invented industrial design. That is, of course, an exaggeration. George did it without any assistance from the other two. — Bill N. Lacy

If we think about things having multiple lives, cradle to cradle, we could design things that can go back to either nature or back to industry forever. — William McDonough

Innovation comes ultimately from a diversity of perspectives. So when you combine ideas from different industries or different cultures, that's when you have the best sense of developing groundbreaking ideas. — Frans Johansson

Industrial design quote Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. — Steve Jobs

If you watched companies such as Sony and Samsung grow, they focused first on features and then on industrial design, which made their products look and feel better. — Jefferson Han

The reason American cars don't sell anymore is that they have forgotten how to design the American Dream. What does it matter if you buy a car today or six months from now, because cars are not beautiful. That's why the American auto industry is in trouble: no design, no desire. — Karl Lagerfeld

The fact that ACPI was designed by a group of monkeys high on LSD, and is some of the worst designs in the industry obviously makes running it at any point pretty damn ugly. — Linus Torvalds

Indeed, our designs become more ambitious as we see the new possibilities created by the technology of other industries. — Zaha Hadid

The fashion industry has an enormous amount to offer in what we do in industrial design because fashion is fast, fashion has its finger on the pulse. There are very few creative industries that work on that rhythm. — Marc Newson

In business, standards establish the rules of the game, creating path dependencies as investments are made and corresponding designs are set in stone and plastic. Inferior standards can prevail due to smart marketing or industry collusion. — Evgeny Morozov

Over 95% of the designers who have ever lived are alive today. Together, we have the power to define what professionalism in the communications industry will be about: helping increase market share or helping repair the World. — David Berman

I'm involved in everything from highly progressive lighting systems to airline interiors. In the field of transportation I can go from the micro to the macro: architecture, transportation, industrial product design, right across the board. It's Russian dollism, because they all interrelate: one goes into the other. — Ross Lovegrove

The first 10 years of my professional life had only to do with running away from my father. He was a wonderful cabinet-maker, and me being the eldest son, I had to take over his shop, his profession and so on and so on. I tried to escape by going to art school and then going on to industrial design and then interior design. — Peter Zumthor

No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them. — Arthur Erickson

From zoning to labor to food safety to insurance, local food systems daily face a phalanx of regulatory hurdles designed and implemented to police industrial food models but which prejudicially wipe out the antidote: appropriate scaled local food systems. — Joel Salatin

I want to try and wear as many Australian designers as I can because I'd like to support my Australian colleagues in the industry as well as find things that are eco-friendly. I love the green concept of wearing more sustainable garments at events. — Lucy Fry

But the prospects of designing chemical plants for industrial scale chemical processes seemed far less interesting than the chemical events that occur in biological systems. — Paul Berg

Everyone that works under the Coen brothers , in every department - makeup, hair, production design, wardrobe, so on and so forth, grip, lighting, tech, everything - they're the best. So to be on a set when you're working with the very best in the industry was a real privilege. — David Krumholtz

When I walk for a designer, I walk the ramp as Vijender Singh, the boxer. I believe that by doing so, boxing will at least, in some way, get promoted in our entertainment industry. Plus, if cricketers can, why can't I? — Vijender Singh

The tragic effects of terrorism have forced the new-construction industry to re-evaluate traditional methods of fire protection in commercial infrastructures. That includes everything from building codes, to structural design issues and the less durable fireproofing materials currently specified for commercial steel structures. — Craig Scott

I think Chris Roberts is one of them, Will Wright's another, Peter Molyneux is another. They clearly exist, but on the whole, I think that the design talent in our industry is dramatically lower than we need, as an industry. It's a very hard skill to learn. — Richard Garriott

I've no grand designs to conquer the music industry, but I'd love to be able to tell my mates that I'm playing in a pub in Camden one night. — Luke Treadaway

The gays like 'Project Runway' because it's a fashion, and the gays are into fashion and into design. It's a creative industry, and most of the gays are pretty creative, in general. That's just like the culture. We're not all into politics necessarily. We're more into the creative environment. I also think Heidi is a big draw. The boys love Heidi and think she's so fabulous. I just think it's a glitzy, fun show, and there are also always lots of gay boys on it, and, you know, that's fun. — Christian Siriano

No one is calling any of these designers racist. The act itself is racist. There were more black models working in the Seventies than there are in 2013. This a time when silence is not acceptable at all. If the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry, then there is something inherently wrong. — Iman Abdulmajid

For me I'm a luxury brand trying to prove to people and the industry that it's not about being a TV celebrity in any which way, it's about being a designer and having a business and being successful at that. — Christian Siriano

Our co-founder and company president, Jim Levy, came from a record industry background and understood the marketing and promotion of artists as well as products. So the video game business went from absolutely zero designer credit to something approaching rock star promotion. — David Crane

I don't subscribe to the view some people have in the industry that you should purposefully design products that do not last that long. I don't think it is good for anyone. — Tim Cook

Now that I'm in the modeling industry, I'm taking reading magazines seriously. I read the Vogue magazines. I make it my homework. I try to study the designers and the stylists when I have time, because I wasn't brought up in a household where I was surrounded by fashion. — Malaika Firth

Large multinational corporations, often acting through their industry lobbies, exert a powerful influence on the formulation of domestic rules and on their application - but their influence on supranational institutional design is even larger because it faces practically no opposition there. — Thomas Pogge

I don't understand the fashion industry and the appeal of it. I understand that there are some people who think it's important to them, and they're designers, they're artists, but there seems to be a disproportionate amount of our culture that's caught up in that and the red carpet stuff. It seems like there's a disproportionate amount of attention placed on that. — Jim Gaffigan

This idea that things are designed to go back to nature or industry for ever which is our articulation of these two metabolisms are actually a discovery not an invention. — William McDonough

Even though the industry is very big and there's lots of money, when it gets down to it, whether it's a photographer or a designer, as well as a stylist or makeup artist, you're really only working with maybe four or five people on a project. It's all quite small and intimate. — Guido Palau

Us visual thinkers like me, be good at things like industrial design, graphics, art, those kind of jobs. — Temple Grandin

A good rule of thumb is as follows: If the numbers come from somebody wearing a tie (Wall Street economist or analyst, industry public relations department, captive think tank academic and so on), you ought to be very skeptical. By design messages from these people are intended to move markets, move merchandise and/or move public policy and are not a comment on the state of the physical universe. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Everything at Apple can be best understood through the lens of designing. Whether it's designing the look and feel of the user experience, or the industrial design, or the system design, and even things like how the boards were laid out. — John Sculley

There are amazing designers like Riccardo Tisci (whom I consider like my godfather in the industry), who are aware that beauty isn't defined by being just one thing or perceived in a single way. Today we hear people's voices, thanks to social media, and that can change things. This change is happening right now! — Maria Borges

Detroit is an urban hell. But even in this city of the dying auto industry, there is reason to hope, if they manage to combine the creative forces of designers and other intellectual "suppliers" in other ways. — Charles Landry

When we built Roomba, we explicitly designed it to not have a face. We didn't want to think it was cute, we wanted people to take it seriously so we gave it more of an industrial look. People personified their Roomba anyway. Over 80 percent of people name their robot. We did nothing to encourage people to do that but they do it anyway. — Colin Angle

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