Meme-Worthy Inspirational Quotes from Designers

by Margaret Penney | August 4, 2017

Many successful well-known designers don’t just make useful and beautiful designs but also have plenty to say about design and creativity too. With that in mind, I’ve created a collection of quotes from famous designers that are inspirational and wise. Please feel free to share these far and wide and check back soon for more quotes.

The details are not the details. They make the design. — Charles Eames

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

When you make something no one hates, no one loves it. — Tibor Kalman

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. — Saul Bass

Design is intelligence made visible. — Alina Wheeler



Margaret Penney is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Margaret is a teacher, designer, writer and new media artist and founder of Hello Creative Co.

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