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?

  • 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.

    • Mark – I agree, that’s a great one. And thanks for sharing the words from Einstein! Love that quotation. He had a few in a running for this post…

  • Great post and inspiring quotes!

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

    • Thanks! And thanks for reading 🙂

  • 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!

    • Agreed – In the short term, it can be frustrating to see other people doing the things you thought came straight out of your mind and experience. But when you realize we’re all sharing ideas already, it’s oddly validating to know that you contributed to a trend.

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

    • Glad you enjoyed the list. And welcome, great to have you here.

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

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

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

  • 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 😉