Design Inspiration

Here is a collection of design quotes for inspiration and motivation written by various authors.   Whether you are a rookie or an experienced professional, we all need inspiration.

Anyone with a computer and a design program can create a page layout. But unless you’re trained in design, it won’t look very good and it won’t communicate very well. ~ John Maeda

Google has placed its faith in data, while Apple worships the power of design. This dichotomy made the two companies complementary. Apple would ship the phones and computers, while Google would provide Maps, Search, YouTube, and other web tools that made the devices more useful. ~ Ben Parr

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. ~ Charles Eames

Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained. ~ Ferdinand Porsche

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well ~  Brian Reed

Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute ~ Von R. Glitschka

Design is the silent ambassador of your brand ~ Paul Rand

Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere ~  Mieke Gerritzen

A website without SEO is like a car with no gas  ~ Paul Cookson

Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that.” ~ Paul Cookson

Great web design without functionality is like a sports car with no engine. ~ Paul Cookson

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

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people. ~ Victor Papanek

Designing a product is designing a relationship. ~ Steve Rogers

Design cannot rescue failed content. ~ Edward R. Tufte

Real web designers write code. Always have, always will. ~ Jeffrey Zeldman

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. ~ Steve Jobs

Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution. ~ Ivan Chermayeff

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all… good design must primarily serve people. ~ Thomas J. Watson

Accessible design is good design. ~ Steve Ballmer

A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. ~ Niklaus Wirth

Design is people. ~ Jane Jacobs

The design of each element should be thought out in order to be easy to make and easy to repair. ~ Leo Fender