20 Quotes For Aspiring Designers From World-Famous Design Experts

By Raquel Addams , Nov 5 2018
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Whether you are a professional graphic designing geek or if you are searching for some creative graphic design inspiration, then you should certainly have a look at the creative philosophies and artwork of renowned and famous designers from the industry. Their majestic artwork and iconic sense of innovation is certainly a reason for their top-place in the industry. With that said, let’s take a peek over these 20 inspiring quotes from some of the top graphic designers of this era.

1) Chip Kidd

“Never fall in love with an idea. They’re whores. If the one you’re with isn’t doing the job, there’s always, always, always another.”

2) Erik Adigard

Erik Adigard Quote
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3) Lindon Leader

“I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.”

4) Jan Tschichold

“Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts”

5) Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister Quote
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6) Neville Brody

“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.”

7) Adrian Forty

“No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended.”

8) Jeffrey Zeldman

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas, worry about the day they stop.”

9) Joshua Brewer

“Socrates said, “Know thyself.” I say, “Know thy users.” And guess what? They don’t think like you do.”

10) Dr. Ralph Speth

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11) Massimo Vignelli

“The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.”

12) Paul Rand

“The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.”

13) Saul Bass

“Failure is built into creativity… the creative act involves this element of ‘newness’ and ‘experimentalism,’ then one must expect and accept the possibility of failure.”

14) Michael Bierut

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15) Johnny Ive

“Very often design is the most immediate way of defining what products become in people’s minds.”

16) Marian Bantjes

“But I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.”

17) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

18) Henrik Fiskar

Henrik Fiskar Quote
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19) Massimo Vignelli

“If you can design one thing, you can design everything.”

20) Wim Crouwel

“You can’t do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously.”

All of these motivational quotes from some of the finest graphic designers of our era will surely provide you with creative inspiration and will help you out in thriving in the field of creative and graphic designing.

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Raquel Addams is a professional blogger and graphic design enthusiast who employs a unique combination of journalism, communication design and marketing strategy to help her clients to position and launch their enterprise or start-ups.


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