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    If I was influenced by anything, it was architecture: structure having to do with logic. If you don't do it right, the whole thing is going to cave in. In a certain sense, you can carry that to graphic design. Fortunately, however, nobody is going to die if you do it wrong.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: right  logic  wrong  die 
     
    Asymmetric balance creates greater reader interest. Pleasure derived from observing asymmetrical arrangements lies partly in overcoming resistances, which, consciously or not, the spectator adjusts in his own mind.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: lies  pleasure  balance  mind 
     
    Artistic tricks divert from the effect that an artist endeavors to produce, and even excellent elements such as bullets, arrows, brackets, ornate initials, are at best superficial ornamentation unless logically employed.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: artist 
     
    Graphic design, which evokes the symmetria of Vituvius, the dynamic symmetry of Hambidge, the asymmetry of Mondrian; which is a good gestalt, generated by intuition or by computer, by invention or by a system of coordinates, is not good design if it does not communicate.
    — Paul Rand
    The reason I always insisted on signing my work was not to be subordinate to anyone.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: work 
     
    So that is the design process or the creative process. Start with a problem, forget the problem, the problem reveals itself or the solution reveals itself and then you reevaulate it. This is what you are doing all the time.
    — Paul Rand
    Any system that sees aesthetics as irrelevant, that separates the artist from his product, that fragments the work of the individual, or creates by committee, or makes mincemeat of the creative process will, in the long run, diminish not only the product but the maker as well.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: work  process  creative  artist 
     
    I never did calligraphy... But handwriting is an entirely different kind of thing. It's part of the syndrome of modernism... It's part of that asceticism.
    — Paul Rand
    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
    tags: process  ideas 
     
    Everything is design. Everything!
    — Paul Rand
    You will learn most things by looking, but reading gives understanding. Reading will make you free.
    — Paul Rand
    The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: live  bad 
     
    Pictures, abstract symbols, materials, and colors are among the ingredients with which a designer or engineer works. To design is to discover relationships and to make arrangements and rearrangements among these ingredients.
    — Paul Rand
    Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: definition 
     
    Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures - it is the designer's job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting.
    — Paul Rand
    tags: meaning  job  designer  ideas 
     
    Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
    — Paul Rand
    Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves the whole complex of visual communications: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge. Aesthetics and economics, technology and psychology are intrinsically related to the process.
    — Paul Rand
    Design is everything. Everything!
    — Paul Rand
    Don't try to be original; just try to be good.
    — Paul Rand
    Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.
    — Paul Rand
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