50 Inspirational Quotes on the Art & Science of Design


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This is really pretty inspiring. Here are some of our favorites.

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
– Douglas Adams

“Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay.”
– Adrian Frutiger

“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

“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.”
– Massimo Vignelli

“Creative without strategy is called ‘art’. Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising’.”
– Jeff I. Richards

“The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.”
– Nolan Bushnell

(Thanks, Gordy)


  1. Joe Mease April 30, 2009

    Not from the design

    Not from the design community, but My all time favorite is :

    “Luck is the residue of design”
    -Branch Rickey

  2. josh mishell April 30, 2009

    I also really like Hockney’s

    I also really like Hockney’s quote:

    Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

  3. J April 30, 2009

    “Only when the design

    “Only when the design fails does it draw attention to itself; when it succeeds, it’s invisible.”

    I disagree. People notice not only failure but also success. The mediocre is what’s invisible.

  4. J April 30, 2009

    Actually, come to think of

    Actually, come to think of it, the mediocre is often celebrated. Just listen to the radio…

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