There are numerous definitions of design. Here are a few from my collection starting with a personal favorite taken from Swedish Design. An Ethnography. By Keith M. Murphy.
The basic starting point for crafting a just society.
what is design?
Q: What are the boundaries of design?
A: What are the boundaries of the problem?
– charles eames
Design is service.
– eileen tjan
The work designers make is inspired by taste, and taste is often derived from what we’re exposed to during our upbringing.
– anoushka khandwala
Design is a basic human ability to help autonomous self-realization.
– victor papanek
In English, the word design is both a noun and a verb…
– vilém flusser
Design is culture. Design changes the way we live.
– hank richardson
The core belief is that “not knowing” is a healthy prerequisite for discovery and that “making” is a physical process that involves thinking, drawing, and working directly with materials.
– william longhauser
An idea has no meaning until it finds physical form.
– calvin tomkins
– loretta staples
We have filled more dumps and landfills than any other profession.
– richard buchanan
… reporters, TV news anchors, graphic designers, and others hired to condense and deliver messages but to keep their mouth shut…
– maud lavin
A good history of design isn’t a history at all. It’s a history of ideas and therefore of culture.
– tibor kalman
My quotes are not ‘responsibly’ sourced… i need to realize a more global scope.