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?