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
Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all. Everyone makes design decisions all the time without realizing it — like Moliere’s M. Jourdain who discovered he had been speaking prose all his life — and good design is simply the result of making these decisions consciously, at the right stage, and in consultation with others as the need arises.
— Douglas Martin
Two quotes which sound like they say so much about design and yet really say so little. They are gestures towards broader topics, deeper and darker depths of design critique.