Best Design Quotes

Best Design Quotes

Best Design Quotes

`Science is the study of what Is,
Engineering builds what Will Be.''

``The scientist merely explores
that which exists,
while the engineer creates
what has never existed before.''


``Scientists investigate that which already is;
Engineers create that which has never been.''


``Design is what you do
when you don't [yet] know what you are doing.''

i.e., Real design is done during the
unstructured, informal, noodling around
that occurs before the
structured and formal `design' methods are employed.

``What you need to invent,
is an imagination and a pile of junk.''


` We must bear in mind, then, that there is nothing more difficult and dangerous, or more doubtful of success, than an attempt to introduce a new order of things in any state. For the innovator has for enemies all those who derived advantages from the old order of things, whilst those who expect to be benefited by the new institutions will be but lukewarm defenders. This indifference arises in part from fear of their adversaries who were favoured by the existing laws, and partly from the incredulity of men who have no faith in anything new that is not the result of well-established experience. Hence it is that, whenever the opponents of the new order of things have the opportunity to attack it, they will do it with the zeal of partisans, whilst the others defend it but feebly, so that it is dangerous to rely upon the latter.''



``[T]hink of arm chairs and reading chairs and dining-room chairs, and kitchen chairs, chairs that pass into benches, chairs that cross the boundary and become settees, dentists' chairs, thrones, opera stalls, seats of all sorts, those miraculous fungoid growths that cumber the floor of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition, and you will perceive what a lax bundle in fact is this simple straightforward term.  In cooperation with an intelligent joiner I would undertake to defeat any definition of chair or chairishness that you gave me.'


``A designer must be able to trade
[modeling/simulation/analysis] accuracy for cost during [engineering] design.''


``Professors discussing Engineering Design
are like
Priests discussing marriage:
lots of learned thought,
but very little practical