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18 Famous Design Quotes to inspire you

As a Designer I’m always looking around for inspiration, with the ever-dependable ‘design quote’ being one of them.

Marc Andrew
Dec 24, 2020
2 min read
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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.
It’s through mistakes that you can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.
Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.
A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.
I strive for two things in design; simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.
Just because something looks good doesn't mean it’s useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.
What works good is better than what looks good because what works good lasts.
Pay attention to what users do, not what they say.
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.
Testing with one user early in the project is better than testing with 50 near the end.
Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.
Good design is like a refrigerator. When it works, no one notices. But when it doesn't, it sure stinks.
Get rid of everything that is not essential to making a point.
Whitespace is like air; it is necessary for design to breathe.
Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem.
A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.
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.
Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.

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.

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Thanks for reading the article,
Marc.