Free Resources

25 *MORE* Inspirational Quotes About Design

By October 25, 2013 No Comments

A lot of people liked my first collection of inspiration quotes by designers and artists so I thought I’d share some more. Enjoy!


  1. “Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.” – Pierre Bonnard
  2. “Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.” – Victor Papanek
  3. “No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended.” – Adrian Forty
  4. “Design is easy. All you do is stare at the screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.” – Marty Neumeier
  5. “Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.” – Edward Tufte

  6. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”  – Pablo Picasso
  7. “Math is easy; design is hard.” – Jeffrey Veen
  8. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams
  9. “Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.” — Freeman Thomas
  10. “Design is creativity with strategy.” — Rob Curedale
  11. “To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that’s worth remembering.” — Thomas Manss
  12. “Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute.” — Von R. Glitschka
  13. “Design is not the narrow application of formal skills, it is a way of thinking.” — Chris Pullman
  14. “What I’m trying to produce is the visual equivalent of the chord change that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” — Rian Hughes
  15. “Never do anything yourself that you can hire someone else to do, especially if they can do it better.” — Bill Bernback
  16. “Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them.” — Bryan Lawson
  17. “Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.” — David Lewis
  18. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” — Pablo Picasso
  19. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” — Shunryu Suzuki
  20. “Designers deal in ideas. They give shape to ideas that shape our world, enrich everyday experiences, and improve our lives. Where there’s confusion, designers fashion clarity; where there’s chaos, designers construct order; where there’s entropy, designers promote vitality; where there’s indifference, designers swell passion; where there’s mediocrity, designers imbue excellence; and where there’s silence, designers lend voice.” — Ken Peters
  21. “Don’t stare at a blank page for too long, be bold, and make the first incisive stroke. The rest will come naturally.” — James Kingman
  22. “Think more, design less.” — Ellen Lupton
  23. “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” — Joe Sparano
  24. “We don’t get hired to make pretty things or win design awards. We get hired to solve business problems.” — James Bradley
  25. “Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.” — Victor Papanek


Which was your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below! And if you want to read my first blog ‘25 Inspirational Quotes About Design‘, just click the link!

Until next time,

 Bianca Board

What do you think? Share your comments below.


Author Bianca Board

After 20 years inspiring more than 10,000 designers and small business owners to take control of their business, Bianca is now spearheading Foxley, a brand spanking new SaaS platform for designers. She is deeply passionate about helping distil the complexities of running a web design business - to make it easier for all designers to make the leap from designer to design entrepreneur. She’s a translator of web jargon, a lead generation master, a champion for small businesses and you can Google her brain for endless strategies on how to transform your business.

More posts by Bianca Board

All rights reserved Foxley.


“Making money should be so much easier – turn these tactics into daily habits”

Running a business is hard. Way harder than it should be for a fun-loving creative like you. Pick one of these 77 tactics and use it right now to get your business on track. Let’s make it rain!💰



The '77 Ways to Make Money' guide has been sent to your email and will be with you in the next 10-15 minutes.