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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.
– Theodore VonKármán, c.a. 1957
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
– Martin Luther King, Jr
You see things, and you say: `Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and I say `Why not?’
– George Bernard Shaw, in: Back to Methuselah , Part I, Act I, 1921
The central activity of engineering, as distinguished from science, is the design of new devices, processes and systems.
– Myron Tribus, in: Rational Descriptions, Decisions and Designs, Pergamon Press, 1969.
You can’t invent to order.
– Ron Hickman, Inventor of the WorkMate 1995 interview seen on United Airlines, LAX-Narita Japan, March 17, 1995.
Formerly a designer for Lotus, helped design the Elan
I believe that quality level is determined primarily by the actual design of the product itself, not by quality control in the production process.
– Maya Angelou
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
– Ron Hickman, Inventor of the WorkMate 1995 interview seen on United Airlines, LAX-Narita Japan, March 17, 1995.
Formerly a designer for Lotus, helped design the Elan
To have a closer approximation to and control of our engineering design, it is essential to restore human values and to treat imprecision with rigor in theory and model constructions.
– Professor Yee Leung of the Department of Geography at the Chinese University of Hong Kong,
in the preface of his book entitled: Spatial Analysis and Planning under Imprecision
The most important thing is to keep the most important thing the most important thing.
– From the book “Foundation design”, by Coduto, Donald P.
Some say the cup is half empty, while others say it is half full. However, in my opinion both are wrong. The real problem is the cup is too big.
Sometimes all we need is a new perspective on an old problem.
– From the book “Foundation design”, by Coduto, Donald P.
A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible.
– From the book “Foundation design”, by Coduto, Donald P.
Scientists investigate that which already is;
Engineers create that which has never been.
Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
– Bill Moyers
A designer must be able to trade [modelling/simulation/analysis] accuracy for cost during [engineering] design.
– Jaroslaw Sobieski, Multidisciplinary Research Coordinator, NASA Langley Research Center
A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.
– Brenda Laurel
To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Design is how you treat your customers. If you treat them well from an environmental, emotional, and aesthetic standpoint, you’re probably doing good design.
– Yves Behar
Engineering is not only study of 45 subjects but it is moral studies of intellectual life.
Make things as simple as possible..but not simpler.
– Albert Einstein
All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those which train lawyers. No nation has ever sued its way to greatness.
– Richard Lamm
We don’t care about what you did yesterday — we care about what you’re going to do tomorrow.
– Cory Doctorow, Makers
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
– Nelson Mandela
Think more…Design less.
– Ellen Lupton
Good designers are praised for their technique, great designers for their impact.
– Tate Linden
Design is intelligence made visible.
– Alina Wheeler
Inspiration the seed. Design but the flower.
– Michael Langham
Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man.
– Ralph J. Smith
Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change… Engineers operate at the interface between science and society.
– Dean Gordon Brown
Engineering is a great profession. There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer’s high privilege.
– Herbert Hoover
A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible.
– Freeman Dyson
Engineering is the practice of safe and economic application of the scientific laws governing the forces and materials of nature by means of organization, design and construction, for the general benefit of mankind.
– S. E. Lindsay
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
– Louis Nizer
We are only three decades into one of the most important revolutions the world has ever seen. In design development terms, that is a mere blink.
– Rachel Hinman
The details are not the details. They make the design.
– Charles Eames
There are no bad ideas, just bad decisions.
– Jacob Cass
You can’t see it if you don’t look at it.
– Dan McKenna
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
– Samuel Beckett
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
– Albert Einstein
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
– Alan Kay
I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Don’t fight forces, use them.
– R. Buckminster Fuller
Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a quality that decides between success and failure.
– Edsgar Dijkstra
Nothing will work unless you do.
– Maya Angelou
There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
– Isaac Asimov
This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen.
– Lancelot Hogben
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.
– Shunryu Suzuki
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
– Nikola Tesla
People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.
– Paola Antonelli
I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth —
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth —
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?–
If design govern in a thing so small.
– Robert Frost
People ignore design that ignores people.
– Frank Chimero
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.
– Tate Linden
Design is the order and sense that we impart on otherwise chaotic existence. Design is the structure that we as humans impose over what is… it’s the meaning we give to experience that in and of itself that might not have any meaning. Design is structure and purpose where maybe none exists naturally.
– Jonathan Salem-Baskin Global Brand Strategist
Design is what links creativity and innovation. It shapes ideas to become practical and attractive propositions for users or customers. Design may be described as creativity deployed to a specific end.
– The Cox Review
See with one eye, feel with the other.
– Paul Klee
Design is where science and art break even.
– Robin Mathew