Designer quotes

Quotes over design en design thinking, laat je inspireren door deze grootmasters.

In dit artikel een verzameling van quotes van designers gericht op informatie ontwerp, design en wayfinding. Deze quotes staan voor inspiratie en creativiteit. Tevens heb ik een aantal andere bloggers quotes gevraagd en deze zijn opgenomen in de lijst.

Oorspronkelijk was dit een Engels versie van de blog en daarom zijn de quotes nog in het Engels. Zie onderstaand.

Voor deze Nederlandse versie heb ik een aantal Nederlandse opgenomen;

Nederlandse citaten over ontwerp en ontwerpers

  1. Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan, dus ik denk dat ik het wel kan!. Pippi Langkous
  2. De juiste informatie op het juist tijdstip, gericht op de gebruiker. Sander Baumann

Architecture design quotes

  • Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • I’ve always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake. Billy Baldwin

Design Philosophy

  • 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 a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. Charles Eames
  • Design’s fundamental role is problem solver. Fast Company, 2005
  • 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
  • Good design is the most important way to differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Samsung CEO Yun Jong Yong, 2004
  • Graphics is the visual means of resolving logical problems. Bertin
  • A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it. Brenda Laurel
  • Intelligent design itself does not have any content. George Gilder


  • Brand value is very much like an onion. It has layers and a core. The core is the user who will stick with you until the very end. Edwin Artzt
  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Steve Jobs, 2003
  • A logo is not a brand. The BrandGap
  • You are what you are seen to be. Erik Spiekermann
  • [logos are a] graphic extension of the internal realities of a company. Saul Bass
  • Accessible design is good design. Steve Ballmer


  • If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur. Red Adair
  • Sometimes there is simply no need to be either clever or original. Ivan Chermayeff
  • Invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Thomas Edison
  • I don’t design clothes, I design dreams. Ralph Lauren