Andy Golpys
Updated on 16 May 2022 · 3 minute read

Inspirational design quotes for web designers and graphic designers

Inspirational quotes are becoming more and more popular on social media these days, especially instagram. We're currently in the process of increasing our studio space, creating a new kitchen area and building a brand new meeting room. In the past, we have commissioned illustrators to decorate sections of our walls and use their freehand talent to include inspiraitonal quotes and illustrations that represnt our brand and vision.

As we are now empty walls, it's that time again to decide on which quote we'd like on the wall, for clients to view when in a meeting with us. More than likely this quote with inspire and touch new clientele who have never visited us before. On that note, here's some popular inspirational design quotes found online for your viewing. If you're looking for inspiration on a design project you'r working on, decoraitng your studio, looking for content to use on your social media accounts or for whatever other reason, I hope you find some use of these motivational quotes.

Milton Glaser


“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”
Milton Glaser

Source: Grapheine.com

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.”
Paul Rand

Source: Paul Rand's website

Paula Scher


“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”
Paula Scher

Source: Hotfootdesign.co.uk

Michael Bierut


“If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.”
Michael Bierut

Source: Designboom.com

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.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Source: Catalog.obitel-minsk.com

Neville Brody


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

Source: Medium.com

Joshua Brewer


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

Source: Blog.uxfol.io

Saul Bass


“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent.”
Saul Bass

Photograph © Harrie Verstappen

Frank Chimero


“Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.”
Frank Chimero

Source: Frankchimero.com

Lindon Leader


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

Source: Disruptorawards.com

Jeffrey Zeldman


“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.”
Jeffrey Zeldman

Source: Zeldman.com

Trish Parr


“If you think math is hard, try web design.”
Trish Parr

Source: Linkedin.com

Steve Jobs


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

Source: Macworld.com

Ralf Speth


“If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”
Ralf Speth

Source: Royalsociety.org

Irene Etzkorn


“There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.”
Irene Etzkorn

Source: Siegelvision.com

Paul Cookson


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

Source: Soundcloud.com

Paul Arden


“It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be”
Paul Arden

Source: Scampblog.blogspot.com

Paul Cookson


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

Source: Edgehill.ac.uk

Joe Sparano


“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”
Joe Sparano

Source: Twitter.com

Paul Cookson


“Websites should look good from the inside and out.”
Paul Cookson

Source: Worldstorytellingcafe.com

Andy Warhol


“The idea of waiting for something makes it more fascinating”.
Andy Warhol

Source: Britannica.com

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Andy Golpys
Co-Founder of MadeByShape. Most of my blogs are about business related aspects, not just web design.

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