A Collection of Motivational Quotes for Designer’s Inspiration


Motivation and inspiration. They are the two most important things for any graphic designers. No matter how tough the graphic designers are, sometimes they need a little motivation and inspiration, which may come handy. Today, The Website Marketing Group a nice collection of sixty quotes from designers, artists and other people with their views on design. Check them out:

1. Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs

– Frank Chimero


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

– Marty Neumier


3. Practice safe design: Use a concept

– Petrula Vrontikis


4. I love the comment, “You must love designing for a living.” At that point I usually start to laugh or break into uncontrollable tears

– Andrew Lewis


5. 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


6. Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up

– Pablo Picasso


7. Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity

– John Carmack


8. Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black and the aesthete unoffended

– Raymond Loewy


9. In design man becomes what he is. Animals have language and perception as well, but they do not design

-Otl Aicher


10. Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organising and manipulating of words and pictures

– Jeffrey Veen


11. Design from the spine and you’ll be fine

– Carl Heaton


12. Everything is designed. Few things are designed well

– Brian Reed


13. The client may be king but he’s not the art director

– Von R. Glitschka


14. Graphic designers are idea embalmers. loving undertakers preserving bits of data like so many butterflies pinned to felt in a jewel box

– Paul Saffo


15. To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering

– Thomas Manss


16. Graphic designers are, by and large selfish and spoiled. They stubbornly control and individually design things that are generally smaller than them, perfecting to a level appreciated only by people like them. They don’t share and play well with others

– Wayne Hunt


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

– Ben Schneiderman


18. Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs

– Frank Chimero


19. Remember it takes a lot of shit, to create a beautiful flower

– Jacob Cass


20. Design is a good idea

– Emigre

21. If you know how to use a pencil to draw, you could draw anything. Now apply that to everything in life

– Justin Durban


22. We aren’t designing photocopies of web pages, we’re designing web pages

– Andy Clarke


23. A computer without Photoshop is like a dog with no legs. Sure is fun, but you can’t really do anything with it

– Benjamin Cavanagh


24. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools

– Douglas Adams


25. Everyone is an artist

– Joseph Beuys


26. Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it

– Pierre Bonnard


27. Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute

– Von R. Glitschka


28. Without good design it is easy to miss the point

– Bjarni Wark


29. Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking

– Chris Pullman


30. The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness

– Massimo Vignelli


31. In the design process, my gut instinct is my best critic. I just wished I would always listen to it!

– Bryan Tamayo


32. Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone. Design is like sex. There is someone else involved, their needs are just as important as your own, and if everything goes right, both parties are happy in the end

– Colin Wright


33. Design has become the cover for unnecessary consumption

– Peter Saville


34. Design is creativity with strategy

– Rob Curedale


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

– Stle Melvr


36. No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist

– Salvador Dali


37. Good ideas turn into good designs fairly quickly. If you catch yourself fiddling too much with colors, borders and treatments to bring a design together, chances are the problem lies somewhere deeper

– Ryan Singer


38. We can’t just design an item that looks great. We also have to anticipate how it is boxed up, distributed, and shipped, as well as whether or not a seventeen-year-old kid with a summer job can stock it on the store shelf without ruining it

– Robin Perkins


39. Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus

– David Hockney


40. Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere

– Mieke Gerritzen


41. The difference between a Designer and Developer when it comes to design skills, is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it

– Scott Hanselman


42. People ignore design that ignores people

– Frank Chimero


43. Never re-invent the wheel, unless you’re sure the client needn’t go anywhere

– Russell Bishop


44. Making good design is easy. It’s polishing the half-assed stuff that takes time

– Stefan G. Bucher


45. You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design

– Stefan Sagmeister


46. Whether we like it or not, our legacy as designers is ugly. We’re largely responsible for fueling a culture of consumption

– Eric Karjalouto


47. Graphic designers find themselves in a role of visual dishwashers for the information Architects’ chefs

– Gunnar Swanson

48. My rates are as follow: $50 per hour, $75 per hour if you watch, $100 per hour if you help

– Santiago Borray


49. Design is like a mom, nobody notices when she’s around, but everybody misses her when she’s not

– Santiago Borray


50. A designer who gives her art away, makes no pay, A designer who keeps her art to herself, makes no friends

– Amber Seree Allen


51. Good design means never having to say “Click Here.”

– Shawn Leslie


52. Being a graphic designer gets you used to rejection of your brilliance. So it’s good practice for dating

– Heather Phillips


53. Inspiration the seed. Design but the flower

– Michael Langham


54. Every designers’ dirty little secret is that they copy other designers’ work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration

– Aaron Russell


55. Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this”

– David Craib


56. Design is intelligence made visible
– Alina Wheeler


57. Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood

– Fabien Barral


58. You can’t do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously

– Wim Crouwal


59. Maths is easy; design is hard

– Jeffrey Veen


60. Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does

– David Carsong