Dec 19 2012

A Short Collection of Quotations Regarding the Matter of Design


Amazingly, in a world that is almost always visually arresting, sometimes all it takes to get us moving is a few carefully chosen words. Quotations serve as incredibly succinct motivators.

The list below is by no means exhaustive; it is a small cache of some of our favorite quotations related to design. Breathe these in…


Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and
modest expectations.

Paul Rand


There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence.

Massimo Vignelli


Design is the key to everything. If you learn how to design you can do anything.

Doug Cranmer


It’s not about knowing all the gimmicks and photo tricks. If you haven’t got the eye, no program will give it to you.

David Carson


Most of the mediocre design today comes from designers who are faithfully doing as they were taught in school: they worship at the altar of the visual.

Michael Bierut


Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.

Jeffrey Zeldman


The worst thing you can do to anybody trying to be creative is demand participation in their vision.

Chuck Klosterman


Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

David Hockney


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


Design is thinking made visual.

Saul Bass

After starting with a proverbial bucket full of quotations, our list was filtered to these ten. A lot of greats words were left behind – What are some of your favorite design quotations?

About the Author:

Bradley is a developer and designer at dt (the UX house that makes stuff like SlideDeck and Hello Bar). He loves typography. Oh, and he's on Google+

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13 Responses

  1. Dec 19 2012
    Mark Pecota

    Great set of quotations to get my day started! “Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop…” is my favorite quote out of the bunch.

    Here’s another great quote “creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Einstein. I’m a sucker for all of his quotes.

  2. Jan 02 2013
    Anish Joshi

    Great post and inspiring quotes!

    • Jan 14 2013
      PHP Outsource India

      Really it is a great collection of matter regarding web design. Thank you for sharing your innovative ideas.

  3. Jan 15 2013
    Derrick B. (Web Design London Ontario)

    I love point 6. I remember I was furious the first time I saw someone who I was fairly certain copied my work… and then I realized people taking elements of my work is really a form of compliment, and it’s not like I have never used other people’s designs for inspiration as well.

    Nice post!

  4. Jan 20 2013
    Agentur Typo3 Programmierung

    Awesome quotations I had ever seen..!! Really its too good. It’s been really great to be here. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Jan 28 2013
    Jessie Philipps

    this list is very help fool… really good list..

  6. Jan 30 2013
    Joshua Gnizak

    Not the list I was expecting, an interesting twist on typical quotes.

  7. Feb 17 2013

    lovely and great quotes. especially “Design is the key to everything”
    thanks for sharing

  8. Jun 18 2013
    John Tanedo

    Very nice collection of Design Quotes! 1,2 and 3 are very idealistic . . . 4 and 5 is a reality. . . 6 is a good advice. . . 7 is ego . . . 8 is being sarcastic. . . 9 is hilarious and 10 is correct.

    Here is one quote from me and my blog “Design to Express, Not to Impress” . but hey great art and designs that have expression will impress my any time of the day ;)