A Treasure Chest of Motivational and Inspirational Quotes on Design

Sometimes, no matter what trade you are in, you can feel unappreciated and that nobody understands the stresses and strains of the job. To prove that you are valued as a designer, here is a round-up of more than 70 motivational and inspirational quotes about design and designers.

Most designers go into their profession with their eyes wide open, and with dreams of becoming one of the greats, of helping people to present their services or products in the best possible way, however, what cannot be considered without experience is the nature of the client!

Clients have the amazing ability to make any designer feel that he/she is lacking in ability, unable to 'grasp' what they want, and generally make the designer totally fed up! But you are not alone, and what you do is creative beyond words and stressful beyond measure. Please be assured that you are great through the following quotes.

A Treasure Chest of Motivational and Inspiration Quotes on Design

Motivational and Inspirational Quotes on Design

Charles Limb:

Creativity is magical, but is not magic.

Alexander Isley:

If you look at any designer you admire, whose work inspires you, and whose approach somehow resonates with you, I promise you'll find a person who does not think of what they do as just their job.

Otl Aicher:

Good art inspires; good design motivates.

Ken Dyment:

In design, there is no such thing as “rules”. There is however, common sense.

Christoph Niemann:

Simplicity is not about making something without ornament, but rather about making something very complex, then slicing elements away, until you reveal the very essence.

Steve Jobs:

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.

Saul Bass:

Design is thinking made visual.

James Kingman:

Don't stare at a blank page for too long, be bold, and make the first incisive stroke. The rest will come naturally.

Bryan Lawson:

Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.

David Craib:

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”

Tate Linden:

Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

Douglas Adams:

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Herbert Simon:

The proper study of mankind is the science of design.

Freeman Thomas:

Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.

John Malkovich:

I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.

Clement Mok:

Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era – it's a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good.

Charles Eames:

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

James Joyce:

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Peter Bilak:

Right and wrong do not exist in graphic design. There is only effective and non-effective communication.

David A. Stuebe:

Don't try and reinvent the wheel – just work on making it better than anyone else.

Von R. Glitschka:

Listen to you client, take into consideration all of their input, weigh the options, study the details, know the target audience, and then, if necessary, ignore all of it and design what you think will work best.

Sherlock Holmes:

No, Watson, this was not done by accident, but by design.

Jesse Scaccia:

Heaven, I believe, is right here, just waiting for us to create it.

Old Adage:

Good, fast or cheap... pick two.

Michael Behe:

The conclusion of design flows naturally from the data; we should not shrink from it; we should embrace it and build on it.

Neil Gaiman:

The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.

Henry David Thoreau:

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Stale Melvaer:

Stop looking at yourself as a designer, and start thinking of yourself as a deliverer of ideas.

Mark Boulton:

I think design covers so much more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more. Design is usability. It is information architecture. It is accessibility. This is all design.

Chuck Green:

Good design is partially creativity and innovation, but primarily knowledge and awareness.

Winston Churchill:

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; and optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Marty Neumeier:

The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.

Ludwig Wittgenstein:

Everything that can be said, can be said clearly.

Bill Moyers:

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.

James Weaver:

Web design is art wrapped in technology.

Dan Phillips:

Clients are full of surprises. Design is what you make of the surprises.

Osho:

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.

Bill Watterson:

You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens.

Confucius:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Kyle Meyer:

What makes great design great is not a trendy technique, but the logic and conceptual aspect that were figured out in the designer's mind – or more likely, on paper – before a mouse cursor ever opened Photoshop.- Kyle Meyer

Salvador Dali:

Have no fear of perfection – you'll never reach it.

Doug Cranmer:

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

Thomas Manss:

To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that's worth remembering.

Tim Brown:

Where you innovate, how you innovate, and what you innovate are design problems.

Scott Adams:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.

Georgia O'Keeffe:

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way – things I had no words for.

Robert L. Peters:

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

Coach John Wooden:

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

God (from Futurama):

When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

Bjarni Wark:

Without good design it is easy to miss the point.

Paul Huizinga:

A good design can feel like something you have always been waiting for without knowing.

Arthur Schopenhauer:

Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

Frank Lloyd Wright:

Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.

Linda Naiman:

When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.

Mark Zuckerburg:

There's a difference between being obsessed and being motivated.

Andy Rutledge:

Beautiful accidents can happen, but accident is not the basis for design excellence. Purposeful discovery followed by focused, skillful conceptualization and execution is the basis for design excellence.

Buckminster Fuller:

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.

Adrian Shaughnessy:

Graphic design has been likened to a wine glass. When we drink wine we barely notice the glass it's served in. It wouldn't be true to say that we don't care what glass we drink out of – we wouldn't choose to drink a rare vintage out of a Tupperware mug, for example - but it's the wine that matters, not the vessel it comes in.

Paul Rand:

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.

Paul Saffo:

Graphic designers are idea embalmers, loving undertakers preserving bits of data like to many butterflies pinned to felt in a jewel box.

D. H. Lawrence:

Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.

Helen Keller:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt:

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Martin Gardner:

The sudden hunch, the creative leap of mind that “sees” in a flash how to solve a problem in a simple way, is something quite different from general intelligence.

Douglas Martin:

Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all.

Rudy Duke:

A good designer may not have all the answers, but he knows which questions to ask.- Rudy Duke

Jeffrey Veen:

Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.

Ken Peters:

Designers deal in ideas. They give shape to ideas that shape our world, enrich everyday experiences, and improve our lives. Where there's confusion, designers fashion clarity; where there's chaos, designers construct order; where there's entropy, designers promote vitality; there there's indifference, designers swell passion; where there's mediocrity, designers imbue excellence; and where there's silence, designers lend voice.

Charles Mingus:

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Conclusion

Hopefully some of these quotes have lifted your spirits and brightened your day. Which is your favorite? Do you know of any other quotes that designers can live their lives by or that can give a boost to a designer's flagging morale?

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.