15 Inspiring Design Quotes (that will get you thinking)

Super User
22 December 2014

Design means making the world a better place. Design quotes are motivational messages, quotes to inspire people to create something greater than themselves and change human history.

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

  2. “Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.” - Dieter Rams

  3. “What is design? It's where you stand with a foot in two worlds - the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes - and you try to bring the two together.” - Mitchell Kapor

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

  5. “Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people.” - Thomas J. Watson

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

  7. “Design [is] the emerging ethos formulating and then answering a very new question: What shall we do now, in the face of the chaos that we have created?” - John Hockenberry

  8. “Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.” - Herbert Simon

  9. “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

  10. “Design is more than meets the eye. Design is about communicating benefits. Design is not about designers. Design is not an ocean it’s a fishbowl. Design is creating something you believe in.” - Chuck Green

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

  12. “[Designs] have a moral component just in the vision of ‘the good life’ that they present to us.” - Sebastian Deterding

  13. “Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.” - Tate Linden

  14. “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” - Robert L. Peters

  15. “The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.” - Harry Bertoia

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