30 Inspirational Quotes on Design

by  on August 28, 2009
Inspiration


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Being inspired and motivated is what spurs us designers and digital artists onwards and upwards. Quotes are a brilliant tool to put you in the right frame of mind to start pr complete a project. Relating to other people in the same field should give you a sense of community and leave you fully motivated .

  1. Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.”
    Isaac Bashevis Singer
  2. “When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls.”
    Ted Grant
  3. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
    George Smith Patton
  4. “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
    Jamie Paolinetti
  5. “To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.”
    Milton Glaser
  6. “Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.”
    David Hockney
  7. “In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. “Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.”
    Ivan Chermayeff
    “Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.”
  9. Erik Adigard
  10. “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”
    Gil Stern
  11. “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.”
    Bo Bennett
  12. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep”
    Scott Adams
  13. “The visual image is a kind of tripwire for the emotions.”
    Diane Ackerman
  14. “Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organizing and manipulating of words and pictures.”
    Jeffery Veen
  15. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
  16. Leonardo da Vinci
    “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
    Douglas Adams
  17. “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.”
    Charles Eames
  18. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
    Henry David Thoreau
  19. “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”
    Stella Adler
  20. “Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.”
    D. H. Lawrence
  21. “Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.”
    Miguel de Cervantes
  22. “There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.”
    Paul Gauguin
  23. “Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.”
    Susan Sontag
  24. “I didn’t get into design to be an artist. To me, an artist creates things to evoke emotion. Being a designer goes a step further than that, not only trying to evoke emotion but trying to make a reaction. It is very objective-driven, and that’s what makes it interesting.”
    Mike Davidson
  25. “Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era – it’s a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good.”
    Clement Mok
  26. “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”
    Jackson Pollock
  27. “Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humours.”
    George Santayana
  28. “To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.”
    Charles Eames
  29. “Good design, at least part of the time, includes the criterion of being direct in relation to the problem at hand – not obscure, trendy, or stylish. A new language, visual or verbal, must be couched in a language that is already understood.”
    Ivan Chermayeff
  30. “It is every artist’s fantasy to run things. I know personally, I’d be happiest as dictator of a small island. The problem is that romantic artists are usually too disorganized to run their own lives, let alone societies. And most societies are too sensible to let them try it.”
    Brad Holland

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