25 *MORE* Inspirational Quotes About Design

View Comments by Bianca Board on 25 October 2013

A lot of people liked my first collection of inspiration quotes by designers and artists so I thought I’d share some more. Enjoy!   


  1. "Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it." – Pierre Bonnard

  2. "Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order." – Victor Papanek

  3. "No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended." – Adrian Forty

  4. "Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead." – Marty Neumeier

  5. "Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual." – Edward Tufte

  6. "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."  – Pablo Picasso

  7. "Math is easy; design is hard." – Jeffrey Veen

  8. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams

  9. “Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.” — Freeman Thomas

  10. “Design is creativity with strategy.” — Rob Curedale

  11. “To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering.” — Thomas Manss

  12. “Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute.” — Von R. Glitschka

  13. “Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.” — Chris Pullman

  14. “What I’m trying to produce is the visual equivalent of the chord change that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” — Rian Hughes

  15. “Never do anything yourself that you can hire someone else to do, especially if they can do it better.” — Bill Bernback

  16. “Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.” — Bryan Lawson

  17. “Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.” — David Lewis

  18. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso

  19. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” — Shunryu Suzuki

  20. “Designers deal in ideas. They give shape to ideas that shape our world, enrich everyday experiences, and improve our lives. Where there’s confusion, designers fashion clarity; where there’s chaos, designers construct order; where there’s entropy, designers promote vitality; where there’s indifference, designers swell passion; where there’s mediocrity, designers imbue excellence; and where there’s silence, designers lend voice.” — Ken Peters

  21. “Don’t stare at a blank page for too long, be bold, and make the first incisive stroke. The rest will come naturally.” — James Kingman

  22. “Think more, design less.” — Ellen Lupton

  23. “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” — Joe Sparano

  24. “We don’t get hired to make pretty things or win design awards. We get hired to solve business problems.” — James Bradley

  25. “Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.” — Victor Papanek


Which was your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below! And if you want to read my first blog '25 Inspirational Quotes About Design', just click the link!

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