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…

1

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

Paul Rand

2

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

Massimo Vignelli

3

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

Doug Cranmer

4

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

5

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

6

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

Jeffrey Zeldman

7

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

Chuck Klosterman

8

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

David Hockney

9

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

10

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?