The designer of a new kind of system must participate fully in the implementation.
- Donald E. Knuth
 
The best designers will use many design patterns that dovetail and intertwine to produce a greater whole.
- Erich Gamma - Gamma, Helm, Johnson, Vlissides, Design Patterns by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides , ISBN: 0201633612
 
A little retrospection shows that although many fine, useful software systems have been designed by committees and built as part of multipart projects, those software systems that have excited passionate fans are those that are the products of one or a few designing minds, great designers.
- Frederick P. Brooks - No silver bullet, 1987
 
Great designs come from great designers.
- Frederick P. Brooks - No silver bullet, 1987
 
The differences are not minor – they are rather like the differences between Salieri and Mozart. Study after study shows that the very best designers produce structures that are faster, smaller, simpler, clearer, and produced with less effort.
- Frederick P. Brooks - No silver bullet, 1987