182 Design Quotes to Inspire and Ignite Your Creativity

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The Most Famous Design Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Design is a response to a specific problem. You are given a problem to solve, and then you let the problem itself tell you what your solution is. — Chip Kidd

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. — Steve Jobs

Design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally. — Karim Rashid

Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works. — Steve Jobs

Design is everything. Everything! — Paul Rand

Design is not about decorating functional forms - it is about creating forms that accord with the character of the object and that show new technologies to advantage. — Peter Behrens

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable. — Donna Karan

Good design emphasises the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it. — Dieter Rams

Design isn't just about making things beautiful; it's also about making things work beautifully. — Roger Martin

The role of design at a company is to allow you to recreate yourself, to allow your company to find a new way of success before the old way fails. — Mark Parker

Short Design Quotes

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  • Leave this world a little better than you found it. — Robert Baden-Powell
  • He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist — Francis of Assisi
  • Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love. — Louis Kahn
  • Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture. — Peter York
  • Make it like a sunflower. — Steve Jobs
  • You cannot understand good design if you do not understand people; design is made for people. — Dieter Rams
  • It's through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good. — Paula Scher
  • There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence. — Massimo Vignelli
  • Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay. — Adrian Frutiger
  • Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries. — Neville Brody

Top 10 Design Quotes

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Leave this world a little better than you found it. — Robert Baden-Powell

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable. — Louis Kahn

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He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist — Francis of Assisi

Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love. — Louis Kahn

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Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture. — Peter York

Day by day, case by case, the Supreme Court is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize. — Antonin Scalia

The best way to accomplish serious design ... is to be totally and completely unqualified for the job. — Paula Scher

Make it like a sunflower. — Steve Jobs

A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion. — Joseph Pilates

Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design. — Oprah Winfrey

Design Image Quotes

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Design quote by Francis of Assisi

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist — Francis of Assisi

Design quote by Peter York

Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture. — Peter York

Design quote by David Carson

Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. — David Carson

Design quote by Jan Tschichold

White space is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background. — Jan Tschichold

Design quote by Frank Gehry

I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. — Frank Gehry

Design quote by Louis Kahn

The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made. — Louis Kahn

Design quote by Massimo Vignelli

If you can design one thing, you can design everything. — Massimo Vignelli

Design quote by El Lissitzky

The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room. — El Lissitzky

Design quote by Neville Brody

Its focus wasn't on the written word but how the word was written. — Neville Brody

Design quote by Eileen Gray

To create, one must first question everything. — Eileen Gray

Design quote by Christian Louboutin

The stiletto is a feminine weapon that men just don't have. — Christian Louboutin

Design quote by Massimo Vignelli

Design is not art. Design is utilitarian, art is not. — Massimo Vignelli

Design quote by Paula Scher

Great design is serious, not solemn — Paula Scher

Design quote by Elsa Schiaparelli

In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous. — Elsa Schiaparelli

Design quote by Linus Torvalds

Talk is cheap. Show me the code. — Linus Torvalds

Design quote by Kevin Costner

I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. — Kevin Costner

Design quote by Victor Papanek

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people. — Victor Papanek

Design quote by Elsa Schiaparelli

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. — Elsa Schiaparelli

Design quote by Christian Louboutin

A good shoe is one that doesn't dress you but undresses you. — Christian Louboutin

Design quote by Ayrton Senna

I am not designed to come second or third. I am designed to win. — Ayrton Senna

Design quote Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.

Interior Design Quotes

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You create your own decoration. You choose your color, you choose your mood. ... If you are depressed, you put some bright yellow and suddenly you are happy. — Philippe Starck

Beige is atmosphere. It's bisque, it's ivory, it's cream, it's stone, it's toast, it's cappuccino. It;s well, it's magic. — Albert Hadley

I am going to design, in a great hurry, and I believe to build a station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc. etc. It is at Paddington, in cutting, and admitting of no exterior, all interior and all roofed in. — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Design quote Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.
Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.

I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life. — Elsie De Wolfe

One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes. — Verner Panton

It wasn't that I had any great dream of being an architect. I just wanted to make things. Whether it was furniture, painting, interior design, or architecture. I just wanted to create something. — Tadao Ando

Design quote Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak

I'm an artist, a designer, a craftsman, interior designer, half-architect. There's no one name that fits me very well. — Dale Chihuly

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting. — Verner Panton

Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason. — Marcel Wanders

I make no special difference between architecture and design, they are two different stages of invention. — Ettore Sottsass

Web Design Quotes

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The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness. — Massimo Vignelli

Never fall in love with an idea. They're whores: if the one you're with isn't doing the job, there's always, always, always another. — Chip Kidd

The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect - to help people work together - and not as a technical toy. — Tim Berners-Lee

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

Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that. — Paul Cookson

Our weavings in the cosmic web are not self-contained. Rather, they are part of the design of our collective humanity. — Lisa Hunt

Never fall in love with an idea. They're whores. — Chip Kidd

Design quote If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone els
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.

Good Web design is about the character of the content, not the character of the designer. — Jeffrey Zeldman

I love the fact that I work with everything that has to do with the brand, the product, the environment, the online, the architecture, the web design, because I am somebody that loves making things, making experiences, creating things that people love to engage with. — Christopher Bailey

The usability tests we have conducted during the last year have shown an increasing reluctance among users to accept innovations in Web design. The prevailing attitude is to request designs that are similar to everything else people see on the Web. — Jakob Nielsen

Great web design without functionality is like a sports car with no engine. — Paul Cookson

Kitchen Design Quotes

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Kitchens should be designed around what's truly important-fun, food, and life. — Daniel Boulud

Our kitchen is a kitchen that makes food designed to be tasted with the five senses and it requires concentration to appreciate all that we want to express. — Ferran Adria

All I really want is a three-room house. The home I have designed at my new farm in Bedford, New York, is a three-room house: bedroom on top, living room in the middle, and kitchen on the ground. — Martha Stewart

Design quote Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the ide
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn't theirs.

When designing a kitchen, always keep in mind the social aspect. — Michael Mina

I love to design and remodel houses, from working with the contractors to picking the colours, materials, kitchen and bathroom accessories to finally what furniture goes where. — Olivia Newton-John

There is nothing nicer than a kitchen really made for a cook. Things that are designed to be used always have an innate beauty. — Julia Child

Design quote Good design is as little design as possible.
Good design is as little design as possible.

Design is more of a kitchen than a knife, and more of a lab than a beaker. — Arman

Logo Design Quotes

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The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette. — Giambattista Valli

Logos are a graphic extension of the internal realities of a company. — Saul Bass

The idea of a universal mind or Logos would be, I think, a fairly plausible inference from the present state of scientific theory. — Arthur Eddington

Design quote Design is where science and art break even.
Design is where science and art break even.

The strongest logos tell simple stories. — Sol Sender

The mechanical philosophy was ever blind to this fact. Intelligent design, on the other hand, readily embraces the sacramental nature of physical reality. Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory. — William A. Dembski

Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory. — William A. Dembski

Design quote Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everythi
Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

I actually don't think that brand new logos are worth that much or mean that much in and of themselves. So why not have a class of third graders compete to design your logo? — Michael Bierut

A lot of times, you design a logo to be timeless, but with something like the Olympics, timelessness is maybe not something you should be going for. — Michael Bierut

There were IBM logos designed for the film, and there were IBM design consultants working with Kubrick on the layout of the controls and computer screens. — Douglas Trumbull

Target for example, is just a dot with a circle around it, that's all it is, so if you want a logo like Target, you don't need to hire a designer, you barely need to know how to operate a computer program, the logo may as well be anything. — Michael Bierut

Graphic Design Quotes

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The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design. — Massimo Vignelli

An electrician isn't an opinion former, but a graphic designer is. My argument is that all graphic designers hold high levels of responsibility in society. We take invisible ideas and make them tangible. That's our job. — Neville Brody

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Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. — David Carson

Design quote Design is thinking made visual.
Design is thinking made visual.

You can do a good ad without good typography, but you can't do a great ad without good typography. — Herb Lubalin

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If you can design one thing, you can design everything. — Massimo Vignelli

I see graphic design as the organization of information that is semantically correct, syntactically consistent and pragmatically understandable. — Massimo Vignelli

Design quote Luck is the residue of design.
Luck is the residue of design.

Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near it in obstinacy. — Jan Tschichold

Asymmetry is the rhythmic expression of funtional design. In addition to being more logical, asymmetry has the advantage that its complete appearance is far more optically effective than symmetry. — Jan Tschichold

Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people. — Shepard Fairey

Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts. — El Lissitzky

Design Inspiration Quotes

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Life's opportunities never end. God designed you to be a continual learner, a continual doer, a continual explorer and a continual giver. He never authorized a 'retirement age' from those pursuits! — Paula White

A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success. — Otto von Bismarck

I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion. — Yohji Yamamoto

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman. — Coco Chanel

The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world. — Alicia Keys

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The room is there for the human being - not the human being for the room. — El Lissitzky

I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That's my intent. — Saul Bass

What's the use of being legible, when nothing inspires you to take notice of it? — Wolfgang Weingart

The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination. — Carlos Santana

There is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the material. — Salvatore Ferragamo

Architectural Design Quotes

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A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body. — Christian Dior

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again. — Renzo Piano

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I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do. — Frank Gehry

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The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made. — Louis Kahn

Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people. — Jan Gehl

I like ruins because what remains is not the total design, but the clarity of thought, the naked structure, the spirit of the thing. — Tadao Ando

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

A modern building should derive its architectural significance solely from the vigour and consequence of its own organic proportions. It must be true to itself, logically transparent, and virginal of lies or trivialities. — Walter Gropius

If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. — Frank Lloyd Wright

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To create, one must first question everything. — Eileen Gray

Beautiful Design Quotes

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From all these experiences the most important thing I have learned is that legibility and beauty stand close together and that type design, in its restraint, should be only felt but not perceived by the reader. — Adrian Frutiger

The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven't had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there. — Yves Saint Laurent

Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are. — Gianni Versace

We have to replace beauty, which is a cultural concept, with goodness, which is a humanist concept. — Philippe Starck

The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. — Yves Saint Laurent

I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature's performance — Iris van Herpen

It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. — Albert Einstein

I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence. — Yves Saint Laurent

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. — Paul Rand

As the saying goes, type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters. — Matthew Carter

Design Work Quotes

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My work is play. And I play when I design. I even looked it up in the dictionary, to make sure that I actually do that, and the definition of “play,” number one, was “engaging in a childlike activity or endeavor,” and number two was “gambling.” And I realize I do both when I’m designing. — Paula Scher

We should always look upon ourselves as God's servants, placed in God's world, to do his work; and accordingly labour faithfully for him; not with a design to grow rich and great, but to glorify God, and do all the good we possibly can. — David Brainerd

Creative people have to believe in the value of their work. If you don’t have any belief then you can’t give anything—designing is an act of giving, and a belief in the value of the work fuels the desire to express something. It’s important to know what your values are and to take care of them. — Peter Saville

I love working with a stylist but I also love having personal relationships with designers. A stylist is great for pulling together an entire outfit, accessories included, and for shaking me out of my comfort zone. — Elizabeth Banks

My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings. — Isaac Jogues

Tax credits are designed to help people who work hard but who, through no fault of their own, don't earn enough to keep their families out of poverty. — Nicola Sturgeon

You can't do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously. — Wim Crouwel

My work is to help innovators and designers understand that the success of their creativity is in large part based on the success of their products. — Bernard Arnault

If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients. — Michael Bierut

To create great work, here's how you must spend your time: 1% Inspiration 9% Perspiration 90% Justification — George Lois

Creative Design Quotes

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The letters don't get their true delight, when done in haste & discomfort, nor merely done with diligence & pain, but first when they are created with love and passion. — Giambattista Bodoni

Interesting things happen when the creative impulse is cultivated with curiosity, freedom and intensity. — Saul Bass

Failure is built into creativity... the creative act involves this element of 'newness' and 'experimentalism,' then one must expect and accept the possibility of failure. — Saul Bass

A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense. — Bruno Munari

Our whole business is based on giving our artists and designers complete freedom to invent without limits. — Bernard Arnault

Designers are closer to artists than to engineers. — Bernard Arnault

It turns out that a lot of gamers love design, love to create in digital. — Jen-Hsun Jensen Huang

The responsibility of the manager in a company dependent on innovation… becomes picking the right creative people—the ones who want to see their designs on the street. — Bernard Arnault

The designer's role in the development, application and protection of the trademark may be described as pre-creative, creative and post-creative. — Lester Beall

Good design is thorough, down to the last detail. — Dieter Rams

Design And Art Quotes

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The Jiu Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. — Helio Gracie

The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush. This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which is already finished, already made, already existing in the world - it is a symbol of a new world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people. — El Lissitzky

For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related both to me and to my body. I see it as an expression of identity combined with desire, moods and a cultural setting. — Iris van Herpen

The business and design of the Royal Society is: To improve the knowledge of naturall things, and all useful Arts, Manufactures, Mechanic practices, Engines and Inventions by Experiments-(not meddling with Divinity, Metaphysics, Moralls, Politicks, Grammar, Rhetoric or Logick). — Robert Hooke

Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth — Frank Lloyd Wright

You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt... or in front of a piece of graphic design. — Stefan Sagmeister

I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it. — Frank Lloyd Wright

The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing. — Bruno Munari

Having no purpose is the function of art, so somebody else can look at it and ask a question. Design is different - you're supposed to understand what's going on. You can be delighted by it, intrigued by it, but you're supposed to know it's a hot dog stand. — Paula Scher

When I see beautiful clothes, I want to keep them, preserve them... Clothes, like architecture and art, reflect an era. — Azzedine Alaia

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More Design Quotes

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Design quote by Tommy Hilfiger

My passion for music has always inspired my designs. — Tommy Hilfiger

Design quote by Bette Midler

I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world. — Bette Midler

Design quote by Jim Rohn

You have two choices: You can make a living, or you can design a life. — Jim Rohn

Design quote by Karl Lagerfeld

Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born. — Karl Lagerfeld

Design quote by Michael Graves

My favorite project is always the next one. — Michael Graves

Design quote by David Parnas

Copy and paste is a design error. — David Parnas

Design quote by Omar N. Bradley

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it. — Omar N. Bradley

Design quote by Mary Quant

The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her. — Mary Quant

Design quote by William Morris

There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful. — William Morris

Design quote by Roger Vivier

To wear dreams on one's feet is to begin to give reality to one's dreams. — Roger Vivier

Design quote by Coco Chanel

A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed. — Coco Chanel

To live our lives and miss that great purpose we were designed to accomplish is truly a sin. It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to reach and so much misery we could alleviate — William Wilberforce

The material of typography is the black, and it is the designer’s task with the help of this black to capture space, to create harmonious whites inside the letters as well as between them. — Adrian Frutiger

In Conclusion

Design quotes offer practical advice and encouragement for designers at all stages of their creative process. They emphasize the power of design to communicate ideas and evoke emotions. Quotes about design often highlight the idea of solving problems creatively and innovatively, pushing designers to think outside the box and challenge conventional norms. They remind designers to pay attention to details, as they can greatly enhance the overall design. These quotes also emphasize the need for constant learning and improvement, encouraging designers to stay curious and open-minded. Ultimately, design quotes serve as a source of inspiration, motivation, and guidance for designers seeking to create impactful and meaningful designs.

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