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70+ Great Design and Art Related Quotes to Get Inspired

Designers and artists are always in search of inspiration. There are happy days when we feel inspired, are full of energy and ready to pull up many trees. At other times we feel lack of creativity sitting with no ideas, no zest, and no motivation. Sometimes, when you are down, some quote or phrase can make your mind and soul more alive. It’s like being plugged into a positive uplifting power flow.

Today we have prepared for you a bunch of great quotes that belong to talented people: artists, designers, philosophers and other wise people who relate to Design and Art. We truly hope that at the very least you will enjoy reading these wonderful words of inspiration. And of course, we hope  these words that come from the people’s own experience and their incredible talent to notice subtle things will motivate and assist you in your designer’s career…

Design/Art Philosophy
Learning/Gaining Experience

Design/Art Philosophy

A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.

– Brenda Laurel.

Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

– George Gilder

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

Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.

— Chris Pullman

Design is the contrast of the core of limitations therefore there are no boundaries. It is simply an interpretation of creativity.

– Jenaiha Woods

Simplicity does not mean want or poverty. It does not mean the absence of any decor, or absolute nudity. It only means that the decor should belong intimately to the design proper, and that anything foreign to it should be taken away.

– Paul Jacques Grillo

There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.

– Thomas Edison

Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.

– Tate Linden

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.

– Paul Klee

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

– Pablo Picasso

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.

— Jeffrey Zeldman

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

— Robert L. Peters

Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art.

— Wynetka Ann Reynolds

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

— Twyla Tharp

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.

— Paul Valéry

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 is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definitions. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.

– Paul Rand

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

– Jeffrey Veen

To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering.

– Thomas Manss

Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.

– Mieke Gerritzen

Design is like a mom, nobody notices when she’s around, but everybody misses her when she’s not.

– Santiago Borray


Sometimes you can draw more inspiration from the people who don’t believe in you, then from the ones who do.

– William Childs

Designers think everything done by someone else is awful, and that they could do it better themselves, which explains why I designed my own living room carpet, I suppose.

– Chris Bangle

I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.

– Frank Lloyd Wright

There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.

— Henry Moore

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.

— Usman B. Asif

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.

— Robert Adams

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

— Stella Adler

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

— Henri Matisse

For me, design is like choosing what I’m going to wear for the day – only much more complicated and not really the same at all.

— Robynne Raye

Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

– Fabien Barral

In the design process, my gut instinct is my best critic. I just wished I would always listen to it!

– Bryan Tamayo


Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.

– Bryan Lawson

The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.

– Tom Waits

Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.

– Bryan Lawson

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

– Pearl S. Buck

You can’t reach the top before you start climbing from the bottom.

– Ari Suardiyanti

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet

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 Exupéry

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.

— Salvador Dali

Learning/Gaining Experience

I am still learning.

— Michelangelo

I don’t think that design needs theory, but I think designers need theory.

– Johanna Drucker

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

– Stefan Sagmeister

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work & an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

– Frank Llyod Wright

Design is creativity with strategy.

– Rob Curedale

Wisdom is to knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

– David Starr

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

— Scott Adams


The definition of an expert is someone who knows what not to do.

– Charles Willson

When you eliminate quality as a requirement, the entire design process becomes a whole lot easier.

– Jared M. Spool

Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.

– Mieke Gerritzen

Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.

– Joshua Brewer

Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.

– Jeffrey Zeldman

Some designers create things to show you what they did. I design things to tell you what I solved.

– Brian Yerkes

The quality of any creative endeavor tends to approach the level of taste of whoever is in charge.

– John Gruber

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.

— Brian Reed


Good design is good business.

– Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Designing a product is designing a relationship.

– Steve Rogers

Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

— Steve Jobs

Creative without strategy is called ‘art’. Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising’.

— Jef I. Richards

The talent for discovering the unique and marketable characteristics of a product and service is a designer’s most valuable asset.

– Primo Angeli

Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute

– Von R. Glitschka

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

– Red Adair

Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

– Thomas Edison

Good design is the most important way to differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

– Samsung CEO Yun Jong Yong, 2004


A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

— Sir Alec Issigonis

Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.

– Frank Chimero

Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.

– Marty Neumier

Remember it takes a lot of shit, to create a beautiful flower.

– Jacob Cass

A computer without Photoshop is like a dog with no legs. Sure is fun, but you can’t really do anything with it.

– Benjamin Cavanagh

Good design means never having to say “Click Here”.

– Shawn Leslie

Design trends online change more often than the wind, and slightly less often than my socks.

— Suleiman Leadbitter

It is great to be inspired… great to feel you are capable to remove mountains, but we need to do something with it:) Use these moments to take actions and do true things.

Tina Zennand
Tina is a writer who has been working with MotoCMS since early 2010. In her articles she covers various aspects of web design and web development. She is also a marketing manager for MotoCMS websites. You can follow her on Twitter or Google +.
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