Category Archives: Paul Rand

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.

A work of art is realized when form and content are indistinguishable

“A work of art is realized when form and content are indistinguishable. When they are in synthesis. In other words, when they fuse. When form predominates, meaning is blunted... When content predominates, interest lags.” - Paul Rand

“A work of art is realized when form and content are indistinguishable. When they are in synthesis. In other words, when they fuse. When form predominates, meaning is blunted… When content predominates, interest lags.” – Paul Rand

This quote is from an interview by Preston McLanahan who interviewed Paul Rand in 1996.  Watch a clip from this interview here.

The importance of aesthetic in design

“Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar clichés or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance. Form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.” – Paul Rand

Read more about the brilliant graphic designer Paul Rand here.

To design is to add value and meaning

“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.” – Paul Rand

Read Joshua Porter’s thoughts on this quote on his blog here.