Design Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old design quotes, design sayings, and design proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


In design, Mother Nature is our best teacher.     

Van Day Truex

Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.     

Victor Papanek

The design should make the product speak to you.     

Dieter Rams

In design, be logical, search for truth, be clear.     

Massimo Vignelli

Design is a word that's come to mean so much that it's also a word that has come to mean nothing.     

Jonathan Ive

Designs of purely arbitrary nature cannot be expected to last long.     

Kenzo Tange

Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.     

Albert Hadley

The best design tool is a long eraser with a pencil at one end.     

Marty Neumeier

Great design is not democratic; it comes from great designers. If the standard is lousy, then develop another standard.     

Edward Tufte

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.     

Herbert Simon