40 memorable design quotes visualized

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works“, a quote from one of the most revolutionary entrepreneurs of all time, Steve Jobs; is quite clearly the framework for the success achieved by Apple throughout the years.

As designers, we always look for inspiration to spark our creative minds and the best place to look is in the minds of great artists themselves. It is from their words of wisdom, the world is becoming better each day. Their quotations travel far, inspire a lot of people and become the very foundation of our lives. These quotations bring a sense of invigoration inside our minds, and motivating us to perform better.

Quotations are used for a variety of reasons; to illuminate the meaning or to support the arguments of the work in which it is being quoted, to provide direct information about the work being quoted (whether in order to discuss it, positively or negatively, to pay homage to the original work or author). Quotations are also commonly printed as a means of inspiration and to invoke philosophical thoughts from the reader. (via wikipedia)

The right way to spark our innovative minds is to follow some of the memorable quotes from famous artists. These quotes can be used to emphasize the importance of a proper design in the creation/manufacturing of any art or object. These quotes can be used to guide how different some designs are better than the others.

In this article, I have showcased some very good quotes and a few memorable ones too. I must admit, some of them are not exactly quotes related to design but they are executed with great creativity that I almost fell in love with them and I had no choice but to feature them here. If you have any good quotes on design, please feel free to add them in the comment section.

1) Choose a Job you love and you will never have to work another day (via flickr)

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2) Be the change you want to see in the world (via flickr)

3) Design is thinking made visual (via flickr)

4) The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail (via deviantart)

5) Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood (via abduzeedo)

6) Design must seduce, shape, and more importantly evoke an emotional response (via visualize)

7) Close your eyes and Open your mind (via ffffound)

8 ) Quote by Jim Jarmusch (via robotmonkeys)

9) Ink and water don’t mix (via Behance)

10) Good artists copy, Great artists steal (via moxycreative)

11) Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication (via moxycreative)

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12) Simplicity is not the goal, it is the by-product of good idea and modest expectations (via freshbump)

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13) The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources (via freshbump)

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14) Thomas Edison quote (via freshbump)

15) Don’t try to be original, Try to be GOOD (via freshbump)

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16) If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative (via freshbump)

17) Comic Sans joke, not exactly a quote, with all due respect (via wickedpaedia)

18) Do what you love and success would follow* (via Behance)

19) Believe in (you)rself (via flickr)

20) Life is hard, its harder if you are stupid (via flickr)

21) Good design is obvious, Great design is transparent (via Behance)

22) You can make a difference if you try (via Behance)

23) There is light even in the darkest places (via visualize)

24) Good Design is all about making others feel like idiots (via visualize)

25) Happily ever after is so once upon a time (via ffffound)

26) Art is not what you see, but what you make others see (via Behance)

27) Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up (via Behance)

28) Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it (via Behance)

29) The pen is mightier than the sword (via somagallery)

30) Creativity is a drug, I cannot live without (via Behance)

31) Live like’s there’s no tomorrow (via wordboner)

32) Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits (via Deviantart)

33) Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing (via mantamedia)

34) The world of imagination is boundless (via Behance)

35) Creative quote (via Behance)

36) Columbus quote (via Behance)

37) The person you love is 72.8% water (via Behance)

38) The best way out is always through(period) (via Behance)

39) A quote by Paula Scher (via Behance)

40) Every artists was first an amateur (via Behance)

41) Designers are meant to be loved, not understood (via Behance)

42) Writing is just just half the knowledge (via Behance)

Further sources for inspiration :

1) Beautiful and inspiring Designers Quotes (via Designworkplan) {a must read} – A nice collection of Design quotes related to Architecture, Design Philosophy, Branding, typography and many other disciplines.

2) What is Design (via wikipedia)

3) Wikiquote : The largest collection of quotes, one of the family of wiki-based projects founded by the Wikimedia foundation

So, what do you think? Which quote has had a memorable effect on your design career. Share your ideas and opinions about this with us. If you have any good quotes to share, please add them in the comment section. Thank you.

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58 Responses to “40 memorable design quotes visualized”
  1. Ben says:

    great , you keep making such good posts – I get distracted from my work ; )
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  2. This is superb idea and awesome post! So inspiring :)

    Thanks for this Rich!
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  3. jeprie says:

    Currently, I’m working on a typography book and this is really inspiring.
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  4. Rocky says:

    Very inspiring post… great post :)
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  5. Fabian says:

    Fantastic designs. I really enjoy reading your other posts…I must say this is a quality blog! Great job!

  6. awesome posters really like this post.
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  7. Nikhil says:

    Awesome quotes and collection!
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  8. Aidan says:

    What can I say? Word of wisdom plus great typography = fantastic art!
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  9. These are really good – I recognise a few from Flickr when I was looking around for inspiration to create this:


    It can still be better and these have given some really good ideas for the future!

  10. great list I really liked your post

  11. This is an awsome artice.real nice site!

  12. Seriously inspiring!! Nice post!

  13. Awesome Taglines, make impact in right way !!

  14. khushboo says:

    hey wow its fantastic………….kool creative….i like it.

  15. droppixel says:

    Crazy! I just wrote a post on my notepad blog about the Good Artists Copy poster from moxycreative and then this tweet came through!

  16. Incredible bunch of great piece of deisgn, I love typo and quote. Made myself a new background! :)

  17. Debby says:

    Loved these, especially “Life was much easier when apple and blackberry were just fruits”
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  18. “Life is hard but its harder if your stupid” thats an awesome quote isn’t it !!

  19. Great post! Thanks for sharing. :)
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  20. very nice quate that motivated me! keep sharing like this..

  21. joey says:

    great site, travel on the internet through which I ended up here, so I let love greetings there. joey

  22. Buy Gold says:

    I really like this quotation:

    “choose a job that you love and you will never work another day”

    Exactly, I’m in full agreement!

  23. I love number 1 quote, so freaking true!

  24. Love the way that this isn’t just a list of quotes. The illustrations really bring life to the meaning.

    My favourite is: Good Design is Obvious, Great Design is Transparent.

    So true!

  25. very beautiful design! amazing. …

  26. My all time favorite is:
    “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication”

    Thanks for the great quotes! I wrote another list on my graphic design blog at http://designlovin.com/?page_id=10. Enjoy!

  27. Carla says:

    I seem to have already seen quote number 11!?!

    Hmmm… of course, it is the quote in my website!!!!
    Glad Moxy Creative spotted it.

  28. I’m always looking for new inspiration to create picture quotes. This post showed me, and inspired me, to create even more unique and outstanding art…well at least, to try :)
    Good stuff!

  29. My favorite one is: “Good artists copy, great artists steal!”

  30. Thomas says:

    I love the classy looking “Ink and water don’t mix” quote.

  31. Nice one. Great job. I m a designer from Nigeria. I ll love to add my quote “We are all creative minds, but its our choice to make to be creative hands” -Fatanmi V., Victor Gold Creations, Nigeria.

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