Creativity ebbs and flows. There are high and lows. If you are a designer in a creative slump, don’t worry because some time in darkness can bring powerful mental clarity. That being said, you can speed up the duration of your creative block with a bit of fuel. Look no further with these 11 design quotes to spark creativity again.
“Design is thinking made visual.” -Saul Bass, American graphic designer
“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, American art director and graphic designer
“Good design is good business.” –Tom Watson, Chairman of IBM
“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” -Brian Reed, Writer
“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” -Milton Glaser, American graphic designer
“But I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.” -Marian Bantjes, Canadian designer, artist, illustrator, typographer and writer.
“I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.” -Lindon Leader, American graphic designer
“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” -Jeffrey Zeldman, entrepreneur, web designer, author, public speaker on web design
“Do not seek praise, seek criticism.” -Paul Arden, creative director of Saatchi
“The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.” – Massimo Vignelli, Italian designer
“Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves the whole complex of visual communications: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge. Aesthetics and economics, technology and psychology are intrinsically related to the process.” -Paul Rand, American art director and graphic designer