George Nelson quotes

  • Design is a response to social change.
    -- George Nelson

    #Design #Social #Social Change

  • No design can exist in isolation. It is always related, sometimes in very complex ways, to an entire constellation of influencing situations and attitudes. What we call a good design is one which achieves integrity – that is, unity or wholeness – in balanced relation to its environment.
    -- George Nelson

    #Attitude #Integrity #Design

  • Good design, like good painting, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations.
    -- George Nelson

    #Design #Cooking #Spirit

  • The simple joy of taking an idea into one's own hands and giving it proper form, that's exciting.
    -- George Nelson

    #Business #Simple #Hands

  • You don't think your way to creative work. You work your way to creative thinking.
    -- George Nelson

    #Thinking #Creative #Way

  • Russel Wright was the most responsible for the shift in taste toward modern in the late 1930s.
    -- George Nelson

    #Taste #Modern #Responsible

  • What is the crowning glory of your civilization... the symbol as clear a statement as the pyramids, the Parthenon, the cathedrals? What is this symbol? What is its name? Its name is Junk. Junk is the rusty, lovely, brilliant symbol of the dying years of your time. Junk is your ultimate landscape.
    -- George Nelson

    #Years #Civilization #Names

  • I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were
    -- George Nelson

    #Designer #Mets

  • Unless ideas are massaged into reality they evaporate.
    -- George Nelson

    #Reality #Ideas

  • There has to be irony, both in design and in the objects. I see around me a professional disease of taking everything too seriously. One of my secrets is to joke all the time

  • Because it is a national landmark, there is only one way to judge the Kennedy Center - against the established standard of progressive and innovative excellence in architectural design that this country is known and admired for internationally. Unfortunately, the Kennedy Center not only does not achieve this standard of innovative excellence; it also did not seek it. The architect opted for something ambiguously called 'timelessness' and produced meaninglessness. It is to the Washington manner born. Too bad, since there is so much of it.

  • I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May ‘43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in ‘42 - even in my position. This aircraft didn’t have any priority in design or production.

  • Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay.

  • In the actual state of social relationships, the forms ("formes", Fr.) of politeness are necessary as a subsitute to benevolence.

  • Directing is physically exciting because there's a ticking clock, you're working with people, it's very social, it's very enjoyable.

  • Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life.

  • I was always interested in social change but never actually did anything about it.

  • Technological discoveries are the spermatozoa of social change.

  • Law cannot stand aside from the social changes around it.