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Visual design is the emotional bridge between functionality and human experience

“Visual design is the emotional bridge between functionality and human experience.” – Kim Cullen

This quote is from Kim’s post “‘Um…hello? Is this thing on?’ Personal Voice in UX Design.”

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.

Creating visual imagery is a state of mind

“Creating visual imagery is a state of mind. It involves the reproduction of what we see. But much more than that, it becomes an outlet to express feelings about what we experience.” - Tracy Sabin

“Creating visual imagery is a state of mind. It involves the reproduction of what we see. But much more than that, it becomes an outlet to express feelings about what we experience.” – Tracy Sabin

This quote is from Catherine Fishel’s book “401 design meditations.”

Functional objects should also be beautiful and delightful

“Why shouldn’t our functional objects–our everyday kitchen gadgets and social websites–also be beautiful and delightful in playful, unexpected, inventive and illuminating ways?” - Matt Webb

“Why shouldn’t our functional objects–our everyday kitchen gadgets and social websites–also be beautiful and delightful in playful, unexpected, inventive and illuminating ways?” – Matt Webb

This quote is from Matt’s talking points in his presentation “Scope.

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Necessary and useful design should be beautiful

“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” - Design House Stockholm

“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” – Design House Stockholm

This quote is the philosophy of the design company Design House Stockholm. The quote was most recently mentioned as echoing Daniel Burka’s design philosophy, and has also been cited in Joshua Porter’s article “The Shaker Design Philosphy.”