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Quotes of the day: Ferdinand Porsche

Published Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 9:55 PM EST
Jan 29 2016

Ferdinand Porsche (September 3, 1875 – January 30, 1951) was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments and Porsche automobiles. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A formally harmonious product needs no decoration; it should be elevated through pure form.

A good idea is often surprisingly simple.

Change is easy. Improvement is far more difficult

Committees lead to creations that have no soul.

Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.

Good design should be honest.

If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself.

If you analyze the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious.

Life itself is a race, marked by a start, and a finish. It is what we learn during the race, and how we apply it, that determines whether our participation has had particular value.


(January 30 is also the birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lloyd Alexander, and Mohandas Gandhi.)

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