25 Insightful Quotes For Designers & Creatives

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“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” -Robert L Peters

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo Davinci

“A designer knows they have achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery

“Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.” -David Carson

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

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”Pablo Picasso

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”Louis Nizer

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”Albert Einstein

“I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.” – Frank Loyd Right

“Design is intelligence made visible.” -Don Newgren

“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

“Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.” -Frank Chimero

“Our opportunity as designers, is to learn how to handle the complexity, rather than shy away from it, and to realize that the big art of design is to make complicated things simple.” -Tim Parsey

“The designer does not, as a rule, begin with a preconceived idea. His idea is the result of subjective and objective thought, and the design a product of the idea.” – Paul Rand

“Great design will not sell an inferior product, but it will enable a great product to achieve its maximum potential.” -Thomas J. Watson Jr

“Design is intelligence made visible.” -Alina Wheeler

“Skill in the digital age is confused with mastery of digital tools, masking the importance of understanding materials and mastering the elements of form.” -John Maeda

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” -Hans Hofmann

“It’s art if it can’t be explained. It’s design if it doesn’t need explanation.” -Wouter Stokkel

“The dumbest mistake is viewing design as something you do at the end of the process to ‘tidy up’ the mess, as opposed to understanding it’s a ‘day one’ issue and part of everything.” -Tom Peters

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” – General George S Patton

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” -Jonathon Swift

“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” -Orson Welles

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” -Salvador Dali

Picasso was in a park when a woman approached him and asked him to draw a portrait of her. Picasso agreed and quickly sketches her. After handing the sketch to her, she is pleased with the likeness and asks how much she owed to him. Picasso replies: “$5,000”. The woman screamed, “but it took you only five minutes”. “No, madam, it took me all my life”, replied Picasso.


Derek Kimball

Derek is the founder of DesignBuddy and a full time graphic designer. He specializes in logo creation and visual branding. Over the past 13 years Derek has helped hundreds of clients grow their business and establish a stronger brand identity. View his portfolio, or get in touch. If you'd like to receive an occasional free newsletter with useful design related content, please subscribe here.

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