Designer quotes

Quotes and inspiration about design! Enjoy.

Recently I came accross various websites filled with quotes from designers & artists from around the world, insiprational quotes to get you thinking. In this article I have selected various top design quotes that apply to my experience and gives me power to be creative and think foward. I have also asked several fellow bloggers about their favourite design(ers) quotes and the feedback was a very positive and the inspiring list of quotes are embedded in this article. Please join in and add your favourite design(ers) quote in the comments, thank you very much!

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