Design is the foundation of all the arts

“Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.” – Paul Rand

The original source of this Paul Rand quote is unknown.

Catriona Shedd

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  • KevDog

    I’ve had this blog on my feed list for the last few months, and it is making me believe that designers are insufferably egotistic. All of life and art does not flow from design, which is the impression many designers wish to impart.

    If everything is design, then design has no meaning.

  • Thanks for the comment. I can see how taken out of context, the quotes could give that impression. However, I encourage you to check out the articles linked to below the quotes to read the full context in which the quote comes from (this quote is a very rare exception where I couldn’t find the original source). Most of the quotes come from articles where the author is making a point much bigger than the quote itself implies or could come across in a short quote.

    This blog aims to put design in a very positive light and to show its impact. That said, there are several quots I personally don’t agree with entirely, but post because they represent diverse viewpoints as to how design impacts the world. If you have any quotes that you think might be a better representation of this, please feel free to submit them! Thanks!