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.
Motivational and Inspirational Quotes on Design
Creativity is magical, but is not magic.
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.
Good art inspires; good design motivates.
In design, there is no such thing as “rules”. There is however, common sense.
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.
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.
Design is thinking made visual.
Don’t stare at a blank page for too long, be bold, and make the first incisive stroke. The rest will come naturally.
Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.
Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.”
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
The proper study of mankind is the science of design.
Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.
I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.
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.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
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.
No, Watson, this was not done by accident, but by design.
Heaven, I believe, is right here, just waiting for us to create it.
Good, fast or cheap… pick two.
The conclusion of design flows naturally from the data; we should not shrink from it; we should embrace it and build on it.
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.
Stop looking at yourself as a designer, and start thinking of yourself as a deliverer of ideas.
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.
Good design is partially creativity and innovation, but primarily knowledge and awareness.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; and optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
The most innovative designers consciously reject the standard option box and cultivate an appetite for thinking wrong.
Everything that can be said, can be said clearly.
Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
Web design is art wrapped in technology.
Clients are full of surprises. Design is what you make of the surprises.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
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
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
Design is the key to everything. If you learn how to design you can do anything.
To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering.
Where you innovate, how you innovate, and what you innovate are design problems.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.
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.
Without good design it is easy to miss the point.
A good design can feel like something you have always been waiting for without knowing.
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.
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.
There’s a difference between being obsessed and being motivated.
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.
A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
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.
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.
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.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
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.
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.
A good designer may not have all the answers, but he knows which questions to ask.- Rudy Duke
Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.
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.
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
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?
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