There are many ways to get inspired these days. For designers, looking through design pieces around the internet help them grow their ideas for current or future projects. Though sometimes when you’re down, it doesn’t matter if you are designers or not some quotes or phrase can inspire you to move forward and think creatively.
In this article, we have selected 75+ various design quotes. Some you will recognize coming from the great artist like Pablo Picasso. Others are inspiring quotes created by designers across the world based on their mindset.
Design’s fundamental role is problem solver.
- Fast Company, 2005
Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.
- Erik Adigard
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
- Steve Jobs, 2003
If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.
- Red Adair
Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.
- Thomas Edison
…designers can make life more bearable by producing stuff that touches its audience rather than fucks them in the head.
- Jon Wozencraft
Good design is good business.
- Thomas J. Watson Jr.
The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.
- Victor Papanek
A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.
- Brenda Laurel
You are what you are seen to be.
- Erik Spiekermann
To say that something is designed means it has intentions that go beyond its function. Otherwise it’s just planning.
- Ayse Birsel
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.
- David Lewis
Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
- Orson Welles
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
- Pablo Picasso
Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.
- Bryan Lawson
Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.
- Judy Garland
The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.
- Tom Waits
Good art inspires; Good design motivates.
- Otl Aicher
Color is a creative element, not a trimming.
- Piet Zwart
Sometimes you can draw more inspiration from the people who don’t believe in you, then from the ones who do.
- William Childs
Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
- William Allin
Design is where science and art break even.
- Robin Mathew
I’m convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about.
- Carrie Philips
The definition of an expert is someone who knows what not to do.
- Charles Willson
Practice safe design: Use a concept.
- Petrula Vrontikis
Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.
- Joshua Brewer
Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.
- Mieke Gerritzen
When you eliminate quality as a requirement, the entire design process becomes a whole lot easier.
- Jared M. Spool
If you’re more susceptible to interruption, you do more out of the box thinking.
- Don Norman
By far the dominant reason for not releasing sooner was a reluctance to trade the dream of success for the reality of feedback.
- Kent Beck
You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design.
- Stefan Sagmeister
I don’t think that design needs theory, but I think designers need theory.
- Johanna Drucker
Design is the contrast of the core of limitations therefore there are no boundaries. It is simply an interpretation of creativity.
- Jenaiha Woods
Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.
- Jeffrey Zeldman
Simplicity does not mean want or poverty. It does not mean the absence of any decor, or absolute nudity. It only means that the decor should belong intimately to the design proper, and that anything foreign to it should be taken away.
- Paul Jacques Grillo
I know the price of success: dedication, hard work & an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Llyod Wright
Design is creativity with strategy.
- Rob Curedale
There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas Edison
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.
- Tate Linden
Typography has one plain duty before it and that is to convey information in writing. No argument or consideration can absolve typography from this duty.
- Emil Ruder
Wisdom is to knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
- David Starr
Designers have a dual duty; contractually to their clients and morally to the later users and recipients of their work.
- Hans Hger
Imitation may be the “sincerest form of plagiarism,” but it is also the mark of an inferior person.
- David Ogilvy
Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
- Paul Klee
Some designers create things to show you what they did. I design things to tell you what I solved.
- Brian Yerkes
The quality of any creative endeavor tends to approach the level of taste of whoever is in charge.
- John Gruber
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
- Pearl S. Buck
Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.
- Chris Bangle
The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.
- Neil Gaiman
Designing a product is designing a relationship.
- Steve Rogers
The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows.
- Milton Glaser
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
- Pablo Picasso
I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.
- Ralph Lauren
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
- Charles Eames
We hope you can be inspired and motivated by the quotes in this post. Join and tell us which is your favorite one or if you have your own quotes, feel free to write it down on the comments. In the meantime here’s mine.
You can’t reach the top before you start climbing from the bottom
- Ari Suardiyanti
Also known as Chykalophia, is a professional freelance designer in graphic and web design with 3 years of experience. Founder and Editor of Frespiration!, she recently won The Annual Design Awards 2010 for best product packaging design. Other than design, she loves playing with her mac, being photographed, watching movies and listening to alternative rock. Add her onFacebook Page, or Twitter.