157 Inspirational Design Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of inspirational design quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about web design.

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The Most Famous Inspirational Design Quotes (Best in 2024)

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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

Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries. — Neville Brody

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

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

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

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

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

Short Inspirational Design Quotes

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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
  • The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette. — Giambattista Valli
  • Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been. — Albert Einstein
  • To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard. — Allen Ginsberg
  • In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous. — Elsa Schiaparelli
  • They don't think it be like it is, but it do. — Oscar Gamble

Inspirational Design Image Quotes

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Inspirational design quote by Massimo Vignelli

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

Inspirational design quote by El Lissitzky

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

Inspirational design quote I knew when I met you an adventure is going to happen.
I knew when I met you an adventure is going to happen.
Inspirational design quote by Elsa Schiaparelli

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

Inspirational design quote by Elsa Schiaparelli

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

Inspirational design quote by Tommy Hilfiger

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

Inspirational design quote by Karl Lagerfeld

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

Inspirational design quote by David Parnas

Copy and paste is a design error. — David Parnas

Inspirational design quote Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost.
Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost.

Interior Design Quotes

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

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

Inspirational design quote Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. T
Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design Technology Inspirational Quotes

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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

Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking. — Ellen Lupton

There is a strong reciprocal relationship whereby our more ambitious design visions encourage the continuing development of the new digital technologies and fabrication techniques, and those new developments in turn inspire us to push the design envelope ever further. — Zaha Hadid

Intuitive design is how we give the user new superpowers. — Jared Spool

Websites should look good from the inside and out. — Paul Cookson

It's always a pleasure to imagine an idea and work alongside a brand like G-Shock to make it a reality. G-Shock continues to push the bar with design and technology and that inspires me to do the same with my riding and visuals. — Nigel Sylvester

Inspirational Quotes

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Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there. — David Bowie

One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life. — Khalil Gibran

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Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly — Paulo Coelho

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. — Helen Keller

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds — Paul the Apostle

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams

If God is for us, who can be against us? — Paul the Apostle

The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE. — Winston Churchill

I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them. — Madam C. J. Walker

Every day may not be good... but there's something good in every day — Alice Morse Earle

Inspirational Architecture Design Quotes

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Architecture never derived its force from stability of culture, but rather from the expression of those moments when that sense of stability slipped. — Mark Wigley

In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity, that is, to find a simple form for all of life's necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine. — Oskar Schlemmer

Design is where science and art break even. — Robin Mathews

It's always helpful to look outside of the web for your inspiration, to places where you might not at first expect to find a solution. The world is a collage of inspiration, from newspapers, magazine publishing, and advertising to product design, architecture and the fine arts. — Andy Clark

There are places that are so designed they're unlivable. — Frank Gehry

Buffalo is one of America's great designed cities. The interweaving of great architecture, landscape architecture and important historic sites makes Buffalo a must see destination for preservationists, designers, history buffs, and anyone wishing to see an inspiring example of American design. — Richard Moe

Inspirational Art And Design Quotes

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

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

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

Simplicity, carried to an an extreme, becomes elegance. — Jon Franklin

Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident. — Robert L. Peters

If design isn't profitable, then it's art. — Henrik Fisker

Design is in everything we make, but it's also between those things. It's a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy. — Erik Adigard

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. — Jim Jarmusch

Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts. — Paul Rand

Design means being good, not just looking good. — Clement Mok

Design Inspiration Quotes

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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

The most popular typefaces are the easiest to read; their popularity has made them disappear from conscious cognition. It becomes impossible to tell if they are easy to read because they are commonly used, or if they are commonly used because they are easy to read. — Zuzana Licko

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

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

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

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. — Martin Fowler

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

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

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

Graphic Design Inspiration Quotes

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They must find it difficult ... those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority. — Gerald Massey

Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black and the aesthete unoffended. — Raymond Loewy

It's very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better. — Jonathan Ive

Don't worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop. — Jeffrey Zeldman

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future. — Robert L. Peters

Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous. — Ralph Caplan

Inspiration the seed. Design but the flower. — Michael Langham

Do work you love and are passionate about, look outside of the world of graphic design for inspiration. — Jessica Walsh

Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order — Victor Papanek

To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that's worth remembering. — Thomas Manss

Inspirational Art Quotes

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Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine. — Bruce Lee

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. — Pablo Picasso

I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work. — Augusta Savage

Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. — Vincent Van Gogh

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Friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it. — Kathleen Norris

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. — Gichin Funakoshi

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. — Bruce Lee

Inspirational House Quotes

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What we speak becomes the house we live in. — Hafez

Of the people, by the people, for the people. — Sun Yat-sen

Hang that question up in your houses, "What would Jesus do?" and then think of another, "How would Jesus do it?" for what he would do, and how he would do it, may always stand as the best guide to us. — Charles Spurgeon

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If the house of the world is dark, Love will find a way to create windows. — Rumi

Success can never be measured by big houses, luxury cars, or fancy clothes. For me, greatness can only be measured by what we do for others… — Chatri Sityodtong

A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. — William James

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Rumi

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. — Charles Dickens

Do not neglect this body. This is the house of God; take care of it, only in this body can God be realized. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Remember, darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good. — P. C. Cast

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More Inspirational Design Quotes

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The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem--he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills. — William Arthur Ward

It’s not enough to have a talented designer; the management must be inspired too. — Bernard Arnault

I've always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman's outfit. — Michael Kors

When you're an outsider or a misfit, if you play it smart, your motto should be, 'I'll show 'em. I will show you.' — Wendy Williams

Pay particular attention to the moments that take your breath away – a beautiful sunset, an unusual eye color, a moving piece of music, the elegant design of a complex machine. — Rick Rubin

If you want people to perform better, you reward them, right? Bonuses, commissions, their own reality show. Incentivize them. [...] But that's not happening here. You've got an incentive designed to sharpen thinking and accelerate creativity, and it does just the opposite. It dulls thinking and blocks creativity. — Daniel H. Pink

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