The Ultimate Collection of Quotes for Designers

Some say design is a trait you are born with while the others think of it as a practiced art. Here is a definitive collection of quotes for designers that provides the outlook of famous people about design. This collection contains quotes for designers, quotes for fashion designers, quotes for graphic designers, and quotes for web designers.

 



Inspirational Quotes for Artists and Designers

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“Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.” –Elon Musk

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Inspirational Quotes for Artists and Designers

“Artists can have greater access to reality; they can see patterns and details and connections that other people, distracted by the blur of life, might miss. Just sharing that truth can be a very powerful thing.” –Jay-Z

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“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.” –Buckminster Fuller

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“A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.” –Martin LeBlanc, Iconfinder

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“Design isn’t crafting a beautiful textured button with breathtaking animation. It’s figuring out if there’s a way to get rid of the button altogether.” –Edward Tufte

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“Innovators have to be open. They have to be able to imagine things that others cannot and be willing to challenge their own preconceptions. They also need to be conscientious. An innovator who has brilliant ideas but lacks the discipline and persistence to carry them out is merely a dreamer … But crucially, innovators need to be disagreeable … They are people willing to take social risks—to do things that others might disapprove of.” –Malcolm Gladwell

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“I would be happy to learn just half the stuff I already thought I learned.” –Unknown

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“Put hot triggers in the path of motivated people.” –B.J. Fogg

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“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” –Jessica Hische

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“As we decrease uncertainty, we give ourselves permission to increase fidelity.” –Jonathan Irwin

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“Curiosity about life in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” –Leo Burnett

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“Less is more work.” –Patric McCue

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“Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.” –Tate Linden

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“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” –Mark Weiser

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“Y’all talk about UX like it’s just another feature. For a user, it literally is the product. Full stop. Everything else is inside baseball.” –Startup L. Jackson

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inspirational quotes for designers and artists

“Design and art are independent coordinates that provide their greatest satisfactions when experienced simultaneously.” –Milton Glaser

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“Here is one of the few effective keys to the design problem: the ability of the designer to recognize as many of the constraints as possible; his willingness and enthusiasm for working within these constraints.” –Charles Eames

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“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” –Joe Sparano

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“When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” –Walt Disney

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“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” –Jeffrey Zeldman

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“The soul never thinks without an image.” –Aristotle

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“Do good work for good people.” –Aaron Draplin

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

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“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” –Robert L. Peters

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“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” –Sir Ken Robinson

 

Motivational Quotes for Designers 

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motivational quotes for designer

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.” –David Ogilvy

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“Live in the leading—the spaces in between the rules.” –Stefan Mumaw

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“Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.” –Salvador Dali

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“Good design is like a refrigerator—when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.” –Irene Au

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“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.” -Neville Brody

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“The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.” –Adam Judge

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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs

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“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.” -Grace Hopper

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“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.” –Ray Kroc

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motivational quote for designers

“Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.” –Torrie T. Asai

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“Art is anything you can get away with.” –Marshal McLuhan

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“Design transcends agenda. It speaks to the politics of optimism.” –Paul Bennett

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“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.” –Paula Scher

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“Get rid of everything that is not essential to making a point.” –Christoph Niemann

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“The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” –Charles Eames

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“Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.” –David Carson

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“Creativity is nothing but the way to solve new problems.”

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“Make it simple, but significant.” –Don Draper

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“Design can be art. Design can be simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –Leonardo da Vinci

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“White space is like air: it is necessary for design to breathe.” –Wojciech Zieliński

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“Leave it better than you found it.” –Bruce A. Nordstrom

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“Look at usual things with unusual eyes.” –Vico Magistretti

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“A lot of the things about design that tend to get designers really interested aren’t that important.”—Michael Bierut

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”—Henry David Thoreau

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Some people say design is about solving problems. Obviously designers solve problems, but so do dentists. Design is about cultural invention.” —Jack Schulze

Quotes for Interior Designers

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quotes for interior designers

“Interior design is a business of trust.” — Venus Williams

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“Interior decoration partly thrives on being social.”—Nicholas Haslam

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quote on designers

“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” —Charles Eames

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“The details are not the details, they make the design.” —Charles Eames

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“Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s wellbeing.” —Albert Hadley

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“You can never judge a paint hue by the liquid color in the paint pot. You must apply it to a wall, wait for the paint to dry, then decide.” —Dorothy Draper

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“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.” —Albert Hadley

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“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” —Billy Baldwin

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“I like an interior that defies labeling. I don’t really want someone to walk into a room and know that I did it.” —Bunny Williams

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“Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting.” —Sister Parish

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“As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.” —Norman Foster

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“Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room.” —Mark Hampton

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“To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it.” —Albert Hadley

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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” —Steve Jobs

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“For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.” —Andre Putman

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“All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer.” —William Morris

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“No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.” —William Morris

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“I am going to make everything around me beautiful, that will be my life.” —Elsie de Wolfe

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“One should never be the oldest thing in one’s house.” —Patsy Stone

 

Quotes for Fashion Designers

 

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quotes for fashion designer

“If one lazily thinks of what a fashion designer might do if he’s going to conquer cinema next, it would be taking the opportunity to display his fashion sensibilities.” —Colin Firth

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“As for a fashion designer, you have those very precise deadlines to keep so you have to renew yourself constantly every three or six months. When you think about it, it’s so intense.” —Gaspard Ulliel

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“Fashion designers are dictators of taste.” —Karl Lagerfeld

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“As a fashion designer, I was always aware that I was not an artist, because I was creating something that was made to be sold, marketed, used, and ultimately discarded.” —Tom Ford

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“The best part of being a fashion designer is being a fashion designer.” —Rena Do Jess

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“As for a fashion designer, you have those very precise deadlines to keep so you have to renew yourself constantly every three or six months. When you think about it, it’s so intense.” —Gaspard Ulliel

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“Intuition, if you are fashion designer is really the key to everything. I just really have a feeling it’s the right moment in time to create a new business model. Obviously I have facts and figures that could back that up. It isn’t a gamble; it’s a calculated risk.” —Monita Rajpal

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“What’s important to a fashion designer? It’s much more than learning how to make clothes. In fact, that merely makes you a dressmaker. It doesn’t make you into a fashion designer.” —Tim Gunn

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“Tailoring was considered to be a world that was very traditional, and basically going out of fashion. Fashion designers did not have a real link with tailoring or tradition, so I fused the two worlds together.”

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“I’m not an artist. I’m a fashion designer of clothes.” —Francisco Costa

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“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” —Lauren Hutton

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“The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness!” —Massimo Vignelli

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“The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.” —Giambattista Valli

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“Playing a fashion designer could be the bane of my existence because I am married to a fashion designer.” —Lori Loughlin

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quotes for fashion designers

“Being a fashion designers, it’s almost like being a doctor. You can touch a person because they cough and you can tell whether they’re ill.” —Isaac Mizrahi

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“People get this very romantic vision of a fashion designer who in one night makes 25 sketches and in the morning throws them on the table and there are a lot of women in white aprons with the pins on the lapel and they start to grab the sketches and… It’s not like that.” —Dries van Noten

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“From since I could remember I’ve always been an artist, drawing, painting and so forth. I would also always draw made up rock n’ roll characters in a band who each had their own style and personalities. I think by accident I was already becoming a fashion designer.” —Ashley Purdy

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“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” —Karl Lagerfeld

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“As a fashion designer, I was always aware that I was not an artist, because I was creating something that was made to be sold, marketed, used, and ultimately discarded.” —Tom Ford

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“We have the Terminator as governor, and we had an actor as president, so why shouldn’t we have a fashion designer as a senator?” —Tom Ford

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“Never in my wildest dreams did I entertain the idea that I would become a fashion designer.” —Giorgio Armani

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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” —Yves Saint Laurent

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“Elegance is elimination.” —Cristobal Balenciaga

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“Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” —Bill Blass

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“I don’t like perfection – I think it’s dangerous. There is nothing after perfection.” —Alber Elbaz

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“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related both to me and to my body. I see it as an expression of identity combined with desire, moods and a cultural setting.” —Iris van Herpen

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“Black is not sad. Bright colours are what depress me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.” —Ann Demeulemeester

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“Take people’s advice and guidance in the beginning, but always follow your instincts first.” —Alexander Wang

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“The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.” —Mary Quant

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“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” —Alexander Wang

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“Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.” —Stella McCartney

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“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” —Michael Kors

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“American style is about confidence, independence, diversity and free expression.” —Tommy Hilfiger

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“Style is wearing an evening dress to McDonald’s, wearing heels to play football. It is personality, confidence and seduction.” —John Galliano

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fashion designer quotes

“I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” —Yohji Yamamoto

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“Elegance and comfort are not incompatible, and whoever maintains the contrary simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” —Salvatore Ferragamo

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“Playing a fashion designer could be the bane of my existence because I am married to a fashion designer.” —Lori Loughlin

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“It’s funny, my girlfriends think that because I am married to a fashion designer, I get all these great tips and hints about great fashion, but it’s not like that at all. He never tells me what to wear.” —Lori Loughlin

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“Be the designer of your own destiny.” —Oscar de la Renta

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“Since I was a child, my whole life has revolved around music. It’s often while listening to a song that ideas for my fashion collections formed.” —Hedi Slimane

 

Quotes for Graphic Designers

 

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“Do not seek praise, seek criticism.” —Paul Arden

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quotes for graphic designers

“Effective problem solving in design, requires a balance of strategy and spontaneity, intelligence and creativity.” —Maggie Macnab

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“Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things; it’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda and philosophy.” —Erik Adigard

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“The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire and persistence.” —Milton Glaser

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“Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts.” —Jan Tschichold

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“Designers may be the true intellectuals of the future.” —Paola Antonelli

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“Design is intelligence made visible.” —Alina Wheeler

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“Effective, meaningful design requires intellectual, rational rigor along with the ability to elicit emotions and beliefs.” —Debbie Millman

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“Typefaces are to the written word what different dialects are to different languages.” —Steven Heller

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“Color does not add a pleasant quality to design—it reinforces it.” —Pierre Bonnard

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“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize and glean insight that enables him or her to make the invisible visible.” —Hillman Curtis

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“The true entrepreneur is a risk taker, not an excuse maker.” —VDEXTERS

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“Everything is designed, few things are designed well.” —Brian Reed

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“A logo derives meaning from the quality of the thing it symbolizes, not the other way around.” —Paul Rand

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“No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended.” —Adrian Forty

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“Design is a solution to a problem; art is a question to a problem.” —John Maeda

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“Design is a formal response to a strategic question.” —Mariona Lopez

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“Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.” —Unknown

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“Practice safe design; use a concept.” —Petrula Vrontkis

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“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas, worry about the day they stop.” —Jeffrey Zeldman

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“Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.” —Joe Sparano

 

Quotes for Web Designers

 

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quotes for web designers

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” Milton Glaser

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“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.” Neville Brody

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“The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.” Massimo Vignelli

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“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

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“Intuitive design is how we give the user new superpowers.” Jared Spool

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“The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.” Paul Rand

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quotes for website designers

“Technology over technique produces emotionless design.” Daniel Mall

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“If you think math is hard, try web design.” Trish Parr

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“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein

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“Even large companies need small logos.” Tanner Christensen

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“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

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“What separates design from art is that design is meant to be… functional.” Cameron Moll

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“It doesn’t matter how many times I have to click, as long as each click is a mindless, unambiguous choice.” Steve Krug

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“Great web design without functionality is like a sports car with no engine.” Paul Cookson

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“We don’t just sell websites, we create websites that SELL.”

Dr. Christopher Dayagdag

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“Think more, Design less” Ellen Lupton

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“Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that.” Paul Cookson

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“Website without visitors is like a ship lost in the horizon.” Dr. Christopher Dayagdag

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design and art quotes

“Design is where science and art break even.” Robin Mathew

 

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