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18 Famous Design Quotes to inspire you.

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As a Designer, I’m always looking around for inspiration.

That inspiration can come in many forms, with one of them being the ever-dependable ‘quote’.

In this article I’ve compiled a few of my favourites that you can reference from time to time, and ones that will hopefully inspire you and ignite your creativity.

Let’s check them out…


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


– Ralf Speth

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


– Paula Scher

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.


– Joe Sparano

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


– Ben Shneiderman

I strive for two things in design; simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.


– Lindon Leader

Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.


– Joshua Brewer

What works good is better than what looks good because what works good lasts.


– Ray Eames

Pay attention to what users do, not what they say.


– Jakob Nielsen

It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds.


– Paula Scher

Testing with one user early in the project is better than testing with 50 near the end.


– Steve Krug

Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.


– Massimo Vignelli

Good design is like a refrigerator. When it works, no one notices. But when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.


– Irene Au

Get rid of everything that is not essential to making a point.


– Christoph Niemann

Whitespace is like air; it is necessary for design to breathe.


– Wojciech Zielinski

Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem.


– John Maeda

A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.


– Martin LeBlanc

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

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.


– Jeffrey Zeldman


Many of the above quotes have inspired me in some way over the years, and I hope that a few of them can help inspire you also.

Be inspired. Ignite that creativity.

Thanks for reading the article,
Marc Andrew.

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