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20 Motivating Design Quotes for Graphic Designers – Words Visualized!

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

The maestro, Leoanardo Da Vinci, illuminates the beauty of simplicity in art and graphic design through such brilliant words.

This is the magnificence of inspirational quotes, providing us stimulation and motivation to achieve what others have accomplished. It supports our reasoning and gives us an encouragement to do what we believe in. As graphic designers, we thrive to seek inspiration and what better way is to learn from words of wisdom. Reading design quotes from prominent figures of the industry ignites the creativity of graphic designers and gives them the motivation they need.

But it gets even exciting to read when words transform into attractive visual graphics. After all “A picture is worth a thousand words”. So today I’ve amassed a collection of 20 beautifully visualized design quotes that will motivate graphic designers to spark new ideas and designs.


Make clever simple and simple clever


I reach for my revolver - Daniel Burka


Every child is an artist


Good Design is all about making


Choose a Job you love


Good artists copy, Great artists steal


Have no fear of perfection


The job of an artist


Designers are not meant to be understood


Creative Thinking - Davey Coleman


You don’t want to imitate?


Design must seduce


GIRLS really love Graphic Designers


Practice Safe Design:


Design is Intelligence made visible:


Logic is being Creative


Good Thing about Bad Taste


Math VS Design


The Best Forms of Art from a Broken Heart


The Difference between Art and Design


  1. Graphic Design London On October 25th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Some great ispirational quotes. Especially like the every child is an artist…. and good artist copy, great artists steal.

  1. Graham On October 25th, 2010 at 6:32 am

    These are really great.
    It’s nice to see how these quotes have been portrayed - very creative.

  1. Salman On October 25th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I wish i could use them as a wallpaper on my mac. I’d have loved that :) These are great quotes thanks

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  1. KMayer On October 25th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    love this; love the words selected to illustrate, complement and illuminate the gorgeous designs. All good things.

  1. Dustin Staiger On October 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Shouldn’t that be, “The best forms of art ARE…”?

    Forms is a plural word and the subject of the sentence. Art is the object of the prepositional phrase.

  1. Dustin Staiger On October 25th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Guess another quote would be, “Good design requires good copywriting.”

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  1. Julio On October 25th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Nice Collection!

  1. Robin Oppenlander On October 25th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Some really great quotes in there! Da Vinci is still the King maker!

    thanks for the list!

    Robin O.
    Digital Illustrator

  1. Shawn On October 25th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Great stuff. I always wished I had become a graphic designer. Never felt I had the talent or imagination, tho.

  1. vishnu parandhaman On October 26th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Cool posters!

  1. Charlie B. Johnson On October 26th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    @Dustin Staiger…I agree to your grammatical correction. Though the error isn’t in the content but in the design quote visualized.

  1. Sathya On October 26th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Love all of them. Very creative.

  1. Eric On October 26th, 2010 at 3:28 am

    A lot of these designs are actually really bad…

  1. Rachael On October 26th, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Great quotes! Love them!

  1. Colin On October 26th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I love it, especially the Dali quote, he is just Awesome.

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  1. Cindy Auligny On October 27th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    The quotes are great and really motivating.

  1. Connecticut Web Design On October 27th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Great quotes and even better design concepts. Thanks for putting it together!

  1. Graphic Arts Schools On October 27th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I have always admired those who can incorporate text and design well, but added inspirational quotes is just genius. Great post! Thanks for sharing, lots of inspiration here.

  1. Tuuli On October 28th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Very cool collection, thanks for shearing it! I picked one to my “posts of the day” article too

  1. Carlos Rivera On October 29th, 2010 at 4:40 am

    These quotes made my day! Specially practicing safe design!

  1. Smashing Buzz On October 29th, 2010 at 4:55 am

    helping qoutes for graphic designers.

  1. Stripeyhorse Creative On November 2nd, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Love the make clever simple and simple clever quote

  1. shendywilandria from On November 9th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    very nice post ! i love it .

  1. Mark Riley Cardwell On November 11th, 2010 at 5:48 am

    In case anyone doesn’t already know - Stuart Butterfield’s phrase “Every time I hear the word innovation….” is a paraphrase of the Nazi playwright Hanns Johnst’s line in Schlageter: “When I hear the word culture I release the safety on my Browning”.

  1. wale On November 14th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    nice quotes i wish am one the designers

  1. Linzella On November 29th, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Like how the designs are set up and i like some of these quotes

  1. Varoun On February 8th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    That picasso, always kickin that knowledge in ya ear

  1. Afroj On February 11th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    nice….really nce..but hope there ary more variety of art design motivate words are published here…..Really its inspiring………..nice system…..lets see whats the next one…..

  1. elduwani On February 13th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    i’m loving the Picasso qutoes man…
    “great artists steal lol”

  1. Lina On March 1st, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Very nice list

  1. Cel On March 11th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    WOP! Design is the best form to be a good memories.

  1. martin1 On August 23rd, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    “Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.”
    — Chuck Close

  1. cetakan_anda On September 26th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    … bravo …
    i’d like to add :

    “design is always great if it designed”

  1. Rozer Art On October 30th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Great!. My favourite is “Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn’t theirs.” Do you know who is the author?

  1. demi lovato On January 9th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” - Such true words! Iit puts things into perspective, especially for those of us who are “perfectionists”.

  1. Sherine On January 31st, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Awesome motivation! The words of Dali ring true:)

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  1. durgasprasad On February 6th, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Super sayings! :-)

  1. Bolaji Giwa On August 27th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    WAO! These ‘graphical’ quotes are simply inspiring… Wish they came in hundreds. Thanks to all the guys that made these.

  1. mec On September 13th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    why are salvador dali and picasso quotes displayed in a rothko-painting-like grpahic?

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