A quote is just a small part of a bigger picture that writer or speaker wanted to deliver. If you have a chance, read or listen to the whole story. If not, use your imagination to boost your creativity and generate new ideas.
In my career as a designer, I was constantly looking for an inspiration. Books, speeches, and quotes was a part of it. During those years, there were quotes that helped me to look at my work from a different perspective.
Below you will find 32 brilliant quotes about design (and design thinking) that may help you move forward in your creative work. Some of the quotes are very generic and can serve as an inspiration only. Few quotes are real tips you should think about.
Anyway, I will leave it up to you to decide if you get anything out of it.
“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” – Milton Glaser
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.” – Lindon Leader
“Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali
“The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.” – Adam Judge'The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.' - Adam Judge Click To Tweet
“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” – Grace Hopper
“Make it simple, but significant.” – Don Draper
“Whitespace is like air: it is necessary for design to breathe.” – Wojciech Zieliński
“Look at usual things with unusual eyes.” – Vico Magistretti
“Design is thinking made visual.” – Saul Bass
“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.” – Paul Rand
“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” – Charles Eames
“Do not seek praise. Seek criticism.” – Paul Arden
“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible.” – Hillman Curtis
“Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.” – Massimo Vignelli
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs'Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.' - Steve Jobs Click To Tweet
“If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.” – Ralf Speth
“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” – Brian Reed
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” – Henry Ford
“Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem.” – John Maeda
“Design everything on the assumption that people are not heartless or stupid but marvelously capable, given the chance.” – John Chris Jones
“There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.” – Irene Etzkorn
“The time it takes to make a decision increases as the number of alternatives increases.” – William Edmund Hick
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
“Design is more important than technology in most consumer applications.” – Dave McClure'Design is more important than technology in most consumer applications.' - Dave McClure Click To Tweet
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein
“Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.” – Elon Musk
“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.” – Buckminster Fuller
“A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.” – Martin LeBlanc, Iconfinder
“Design isn’t crafting a beautifully textured button with breathtaking animation. It’s figuring out if there’s a way to get rid of the button altogether.” – Edward Tufte
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Sir Ken Robinson
“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” – David Ogilvy'The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.' - David Ogilvy Click To Tweet
Ok, that’s about it, my shortlist of best quotes about design. What about yours? Jump into comments below and add the quotes that made an impact on your life.