31 Inspiring Quotes for Designers


Everyone can do with a little boost of inspiration every now and then and the same goes for designers and other creatives. That’s why we’ve shared a few quotes with our followers through our social networks and now that we have our blog up and running we’ve collected them all here for you.

Here’s a collection of 31 quotes that are inspiring and motivating and some that are just downright funny.

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.

Joe Sparano

People ignore design that ignores people.

Frank Chimero

Practice safe design: use a concept.

Petrula Vrontikis

Bad design shouts at you. Good design is the silent seller.

Shane Meendering

Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.

Marty Neumeier

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

Red Adair

Great ideas, like babies, are often conceived after a few glasses of wine.

Sharon Moore

Experience has shown that our best customers are ones who have as much respect for our time as we have for theirs.

Alex King

People don’t use a product because of the great design; great design helps them use the product.

Viran Anuradha Dayaratne

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.

Henry Ford

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

Charles Mingus

I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.

Jimi Hendrix

Embrace change or become a design-o-saur.

Von Glitschka

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and wow! Wow is the one to aim for.

Milton Glaser

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.

Paul Rand

Web design is responsive design. Responsive web design is web design, done right.

Andy Clarke

Creativity isn’t worth a thing if isn’t served with an equal amount of reliability.

Anton Peck

The best design tool is a long eraser with a pencil at one end.

Marty Neumeier

Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.

Nicholas Burroughs

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

Sherlock Holmes

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

Scott Adams

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.

Douglas Martin

Don’t design for everyone. It’s impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy.

Leisa Reichelt

Good design is finding a solution to a problem. Great design is finding the simplest solution to the same problem.

Nicholas Petersen

A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.

Ben Shneiderman

It is far better to adapt the technology to the user than to force the user to adapt to the technology.

Larry Marine

Luck is the residue of design.

Branch Rickey

Simplifying design equates to reducing the choices available to the user to a few core, meaningful options.

Leon Paternoster

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

Peter Bilak

This is our job as designers – to continue making decisions until the purpose of the design is perfectly clear. Then you are done.

Terry Acker

Simplicity should be found in the execution, not in the meaning.

Nicholas Burroughs