30 Graphic Design Quotes to Inspire Designers

Sneha Zacharia


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Graphic design is visual art that communicates with its audience through imagery, color, typography, and form. A lot of graphic designers have used words to encapsulate their journey in the business truly. A complicated and complex job that is made light of in a few humorous graphic design quotes.

Here are 30 of the most relatable graphic design quotes, to help you graphic designers know you’re seen!

“Inspiration the seed. Design but the flower.” ~ Michael Langham

30 Best Graphic Design Quotes

  1. “Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.”Massimo Vignelli
  2. “Make it simple, but significant.”Don Draper
  3. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”Steve Jobs
  4. “Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does.”David Carson
  5. “Good design is like a refrigerator—when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.”Irene Au
  6. “Have no fear of perfection—you’ll never reach it.”Salvador Dali
  7. “Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.”Torrie T. Asai
  8. “It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”Paula Scher
  9. “Design is intelligence made visible.”Alina Wheeler
  10. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  11. “Design adds value faster than it adds costs.” – Joel Spolsky
  12. “Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.”Hans Hoffman
  13. “Design is a formal response to a strategic question.”Mariona Lopez
  14. “The alternative to good design is always bad design. There is no such thing as no design.”Adam Judge
  15. “Good design is good business.”Thomas Watson Jr.
  16. “Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.”Ellen Lupton
  17. “A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”Ben Shneiderman
  18. “Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.”Pierre Bonnard
  19. “Design is not for philosophy it’s for life.”Issey Miyake
  20. “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
  21. “If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art.”Henrik Fisker
  22. “Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.”David Hockney
  23. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”Douglas Adams
  24. “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”Milton Glaser
  25. “No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”Salvador Dalí
  26. “Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.”Frank Chimero
  27. “Design is thinking made visual.”Saul Bass
  28. “Color does not add a pleasant quality to design – it reinforces it.”Pierre Bonnard
  29. “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas, worry about the day they stop.”Jeffrey Zeldman
  30. “Design is the body language of your marketing. Don’t slouch.”Mark King


There are so many aspects of our lives that Graphic Design has touched. Anyone who wants to have something they want noticed has had to use some element of graphic design. If you as a designer feel seen, feel free to share the article with other friends in the business! We’re sure they’d love it too!

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