General ID History: Influential People and quotes...

So I’m working on my personal statement to get into Ohio State’s ID school. Here’s a little bit of what I’ve got so far as a jumping off point before I get writing:

“…luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity” -Coco Chanel (sure she was a Nazi sympathizer, but she sure was classy.)

“When people feel they have to express themselves for originality for its own sake, that tends not to be creativity. Only when you get into the problem and the problem becomes clear, can creativity take over.” - Ch. Eames

“Recognizing need is the primary condition for design.”- Ch. Eames

“I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.” - Mies

Some of my personal icons/heroes that I might mention.
Kate Spade - for defining a niche market for classically designed, durable women’s handbags
Marc Jacobs - for integrating elegance and luxury into everyday items.
Man Ray - for innovation in photography when it was still a relatively new medium.

Feel free to post your own.

i’ve been doing a bit of design research and so far these books have been the most influential (and have a ton of inspiring quotes)
Henry Dreyfuss, “Designing for People”
Donald Norman, “Design of Everyday Things” and “Emotional Design”
Raymond Loewy, “Never Leave Well Enough Alone”

These 3 have been very influential in my design education and process.

and a quote;
" I believe that a man achieves his tallest measure of serenity when surrounded by beauty." -H. Dreyfuss

that whole standing on the shoulders of giants thing…