These quotes are about the process of design. What other quotes on design as process am I missing?

Perfection is not reached when there is nothing to be added anymore, but when there is nothing to be left out anymore.

— Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.

— Jeff Smith

Everyone is a lot of people to design for.

— Joshua Rose

To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it’s just planning.

— Ayse Birsel

Good design defuses the tension between functional and aesthetic goals precisely because it works within the boundaries defined by the functional requirements of the communication problem. Unlike the fine arts, which exists for their own sake, design must always solve a particular real-world problem.

— Kevin Mullet and Darrell Sano

In practice, designing seems to proceed by oscillating between sub-solution and sub-problem areas, as well as by decomposing the problem and combining sub-solutions.

— Fred Brooks
The Design of Design

When you specify something to be designed, tell what properties you need, not how they are to be achieved.

— Fred Brooks
The Design of Design

The trick is to hold “process” off long enough to permit great design to occur, so that the lesser issues can be debated once the great design is on the table—rather than smothering it in the cradle.

— Fred Brooks
The Design of Design

About the Author

Paul is the founder and chair for the Explore DDD conference. He co-founded and helps lead DDD Denver. Look for him speaking at local user groups, and at regional and international conferences.

If you are looking for an expert hands-on team coach and design mentor in Domain-Driven Design (DDD), BDD with Cucumber, or lean/agile process Paul is available for consulting and training through his company, Virtual Genius LLC.