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20 Inspiring Quotes About Design

by Greg Stone

“A good design quote a day keeps bad design away.” Or something like that. But really, sometimes all it takes is one inspiring quote to change the game and give us the perspective we need on our current project. You may not be able to find a quote a day, but at least you can get started with these 20 inspiring quotes about design.

“People ignore design that ignores people.” -Matt Edson

”Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” -Brian Reed

“Good design is invisible.” -Oliver Reichenstein

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney

”Everything is design. Everything.” -Paul Rand

“You don’t take a photograph. You make it.” -Ansel Adams

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” -Steve Jobs

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated.” -Paul Rand

“We all experience the best design. God’s design.” -Anonymous

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent” -Joe Saprano

”Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.” -Nevelle Brody

“Design isn’t finished until someone is using it.” -Brenda Laurel

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -Albert Einstein

“Good design is good business.” -Thomas Watson

“Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.” -Edward Tufte

“Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 hours sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln

“Stop looking at yourself as a designer, and start thinking of yourself as a deliverer of ideas” -Stle Melvr

“Owning a camera doesn’t make you a photographer.” -Gabrial Von Satzger

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

About the Author

Greg Stone

Greg Stone

Greg loves a good cup of coffee, the Pacific Northwest and helping small businesses thrive. As a seasoned full stack designer and marketing director he helps small businesses and startups with everything from branding, powerful websites and digital marketing. With a proven track record, he helps them grow, prosper online and establish a standout reputation.

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