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20 Inspirational Quotes About Design

In life, we always seem to look for guidance, inspiration or answers to problems we encounter from other people. Many of them share their wisdom with us and thanks to the media and the Internet we can find quotes on every possible topic: from love to cars, from food to dance.

It doesn’t matter if the quotes belong to famous people from all over the world or if they’re anonymous, they all have a message to send. Since we’re talking here about web design, we’ve compiled for you a series of quotes about design. Have a look and see which one is closest to your heart.

‘Graphic design has been likened to a wine glass. When we drink wine we barely notice the glass it’s served in. It wouldn’t be true to say that we don’t care what glass we drink out of – we wouldn’t choose to drink a rare vintage out of a Tupperware mug, for example – but it’s the wine that matters, not the vessel it comes in.’ — ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

‘Technology makes what was once impossible possible. Design makes it real.’ — MICHAEL GAGLIANO2

‘If you want to set off and go develop some grand new thing, you don’t need millions of dollars of capitalization. You need enough pizza and Diet Coke to stick in your refrigerator, a cheap PC to work on and the dedication to go through with it.’ — JOHN CARMACK

‘Clients are full of surprises. Design is what you make of the surprises.’ — DAN PHILLIPS

‘Design trends online change more often than the wind, and slightly less often than my socks.’ -SULEIMAN LEADBITTER

‘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


‘Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.’ — RICK COOK

‘People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.’ — PAOLA ANTONELLI

‘Design is about enabling ideas, processes and products: making them approachable, usable, desireable and memorable.’ — JAY DUTTA



‘Good design means never having to say “Click Here.” — SHAWN LESLIE

‘A good designer may not have all the answers, but he knows which questions to ask.’ — RUDY DUKE     4

‘If you look at any designer you admire, whose work inspires you, and whose approach somehow resonates with you, I promise you’ll find a person who does not think of what they do as just their job.’ — ALEXANDER ISLEY

‘Do we really need a simple definition of design or should we accept that design is too complex a matter to be summarized in less than a book?’ — BRYAN LAWSON

‘Don’t let your design resist your readers. Don’t let it stand in the way of what they want to do: read’. — STEVE KRUG

‘Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.’ — EDWARD TUFTE

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. – ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY




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