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30 Design Quotes to Get You Inspired


Sometimes we all need a little inspiration and wisdom! We’ve gathered 30 quotes from talented designers and creative thinkers to remind you what design is all about.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs, CEO & co-founder, Apple Inc.

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

Edwin Land, Inventor of the Polaroid Camera

It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.

Paula Scher, Graphic Designer, Author

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

There are only two ways to influence human behavior— you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.

Simon Sinek, Author & Inspirational Speaker

If they’re speaking business speak and you’re speaking design speak, it’s very hard to connect, and you know, share.

Kandis O’brien, co-founder The SIX

A really excellent facilitator understands that they are a guide and not a hero.

Jonathan Courtney, CEO, AJ&Smart

If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.

Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Cars

Recognizing the need is the primary condition of design.

Charles Eames, Industrial Designer, Architect

A good service is good for everyone
Your organization
The World

Lou Downe, Author, “Good Services”

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

Robert L. Peters, Graphic Designer

Design is intelligence made visible.

Alina Wheeler, Branding Consultant, Author

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Maya Angelou, Poet & Author

Design adds value faster than it adds costs.

Joel Splosky, Software Engineer, Writer

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, Art Director, Graphic Designer

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.

Hans Hoffman, Painter

Where you innovate, how you innovate, and what you innovate are design problems.

Tim Brown, CEO & Founder, IDEO

Thinking about design is hard. But not thinking about it can be disastrous.

Ralph Caplan, Designer

The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.

Adam Judge, Author, “The Little Black Book of Design”

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.

Joe Sparano, Design Educator

The function of design is letting the design function.

Micha Commeren, Designer

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain, Author

Every great design begins with an even better story.

Lorinda Mamo, Graphic Designer

How can I design it in a way that people will talk about it, and they will know how to talk about, what to talk about it, and whom to talk to about it with?

Tenny Pinneheiro, Engineer, Designer & Author

With service design, we are anticipating issues.

Tenny Pinheiro, Engineer, Designer & Author

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

Sir Ken Robinson, Author, Art Educator

It’s art if can’t be explained. It’s fashion if no one asks for an explanation. It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation.

Wouter Stokkel

Design from the spine and you’ll be fine.

Carl Heaton, UX Consultant

Stop looking at yourself as a designer and start thinking of yourself as a deliverer of ideas.

Stle Melvr

Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.

Bryan Lawson, Professor of Architecture

Elena Iwata

Digital Marketer
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, USA, Elena is passionate about storytelling and designing for equity. Her current focus is on content strategy and creation, from research, to writing and photography.

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