9 Design Inspiration Quotes to Help Inspire Innovation

Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context, a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of fools.
Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
You can't do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously.
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

Okay, I admit it. I’m a “design geek.”

While I no longer perform the work on a day-to-day basis, my background is in design. I have contributed to the design of cell phones, machines, and other electro-mechanical devices.

However, I have never been above admitting that 3D computer-aided design tools made me a better, more efficient designer. Because of this, I am happy to now work at a company that allows me to help others become better, more efficient SOLIDWORKS designers and users. It also gives me the opportunity to meet many interesting, creative people. I have walked a mile in their shoes, I genuinely enjoy helping our customers achieve the same productivity benefits as I did.

On this blog and on the SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, I’ve shared years of productivity-enhancing tips and tricks. However, lately it dawns on me that there is more to design than software, and designers have passions rooted in other interests and experiences. Ultimately, innovation originates from inspiration.

At the risk of sounding cliché, I believe today’s designers stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before. (Here’s a fun fact: that expression can be attributed all the way back to the 12th century, although perhaps its most famous variation is Isaac Newton’s 1675 pronouncement, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”)

I hope one of these quotes, or reading about one of these product, graphic, or architectural designers has inspired you just a bit…and your future designs (and customers!) will benefit!

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Sam Hochberg

Sam thrives on showing people how to make better stuff, faster. He consults students and customers through this process with pre- and post-sale discussions and implementation of their CAD tools. Forever a teacher and trainer, Sam enjoys empowering others through providing technical knowledge and product solutions.

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