Graphic Design Sayings and Quotes

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


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

Ralf Speth

Effective problem solving in design requires a balance of strategy and spontaneity, intelligence and creativity.     

Maggie Macnab

Because the eye has seen, thoughts are structured upon images and not upon ideas.     

David Consuegra

A distinctive appearance and a simple set of characteristics lead to an extremely flexible brand.     

Woodrow Phoenix

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

Graphic Design for its own sake will never happen, because the concept cancels itself out, a poster about nothing other than itself is not Graphic Design, it's, makin' art.     

Chip Kidd

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

Steve Jobs

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.     

Joe Sparano

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.     

George Santayana

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.     

Robert L. Peters

Commercial Art tries to make you buy things. Graphic Design gives you ideas.     

Chip Kidd

When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There's no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.     

Biz Stone

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration.     

Jeffrey Zeldman

I've never had a problem with a dumb client. There is no such thing as a bad client. Part of our job is to do good work and get the client to accept it.     

Bob Gill

Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.     

David Carson

You don't think your way to creative work. You work your way to creative thinking.     

George Nelson

Design is not for philosophy it's for life.     

Issey Miyake

Directive design gives an either or choice, similar to a traffic sign. Interpretive design allows for personal choice, in the same way symbolism allows for individual meaning.     

Maggie Macnab

Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn't theirs.     

Frank Chimero

Art is nothing more than creating an emotion in your own form.     

Shannon L. Alder

You have power as a designer to change the relationship someone has with an object. Your challenge is to keep people looking. Build in those little details. To some people, they might mean a lot.     

David Pearson

Practice safe design. Use a concept.     

Petrula Vrontikis

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

Milton Glaser

Graphic designers judge a cover by its book.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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

Lindon Leader

Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror.     

Jaun-Carlos Fernandez

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.     

Brian Reed

Design is, literally, purposeful planning. Graphic Design, then, is the form those plans will take.     

Chip Kidd

You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt or in front of a piece of graphic design.     

Stefan Sagmeister

Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.     

Neville Brody

Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.     

Massimo Vignelli

Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so comlicated.     

Paul Rand