Inspirational Design Quotes

Inspirational Design Quotes by Marian Bantjes, Walt Disney, Ansel Adams, Ellen Lupton, Bob Gill, Wim Crouwel and many others.

But I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.
Marian Bantjes
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
Walt Disney
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams
Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.
Ellen Lupton
I’ve never had a problem with a dumb client. There is no such thing as a bad client. Part of our job is to do good work and get the client to accept it.
Bob Gill
You can’t do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously.
Wim Crouwel
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams
Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.
Neville Brody
I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent.
Saul Bass
If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.
Red Adair
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
George Santayana
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann
If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney
Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black and the aesthete unoffended.
Raymond Loewy
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
John Maeda
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Steve Jobs
Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.
Paul Rand
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-Exupery
Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.
Jeffrey Zeldman
You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design.
Stefan Sagmeister
The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.
Nolan Bushnell
If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.
Michael Bierut
Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.
Pierre Bonnard
Inspiration the seed. Design but the flower.
Michael Langham
The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness.
Massimo Vignelli
Simplicity, carried to an an extreme, becomes elegance.
Jon Franklin
If you can dream it, you can make it so.
Belva Davis
Never fall in love with an idea. They’re whores.
Chip Kidd
When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.
William Gibson
Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.
Steve Jobs
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas.
Howard Aiken
Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Orson Welles