October 25, 2011

Quotes on Design

I needed some inspiration, some justification that I am not crazy, that design does matter, beauty and elegance is important in life, and that there is no design without intelligent thinking.  So, in the midst of all the people who were surrounding me lately that have no understanding on what design is and why it is needed, I began to doubt myself on the subject and quickly needed an escape.

I was browsing the web and found a great website/graphic designer, who reminded me that great design and beauty does make me happy, and it is a wonderful escape from the mundane and boring which surrounds us sometimes. 
A great tool or reference for design students, or maybe just for some inspiration -  www.davidairey.com

On a side note, I simply loved this idea of wrapping paper, found on David Airey's blog.
You can read about it here - How to make universal wrapping paper

Here is a collection of quotes on design that gave me a little uplift today...

Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.
 - Joss Whedon

If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare.
 - Mark Twain

The sudden hunch, the creative leap of mind that "sees" in a flash how to solve a problem in a simple way, is something quite different from general intelligence.
 - Martin Gardner

Interesting things never happen to me. I happen to them.
 - Bernard Shaw

To create a memorable design you need to start with a thought that's worth remembering.
 - Thomas Manss

 The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.
 - David Ogilvy

There's a subtle reason that programmers always want to throw away the code and start over. The reason is that they think the old code is a mess. The reason that they think the old code is a mess is because of a cardinal, fundamental law of programming: It's harder to read code than to write it.
 - Joel Spolsky

A friend once insisted to me that the plural of "moron" is "focus group."
 - Ethan Marcotte

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.
 - Warren Buffett

I met with a potential client today and part of their opening gambit was how they were looking for revolutionary work delivered within a tight timescale and if the work could be done at a reduced rate, then they'd be able to send a load more work our way. ..They were saying that they wanted work that was fast, good and cheap. And if the work was fast, good and cheap enough, the reward would be the offer of more work that is fast, good and cheap. ...Let me be clear about this, these people are evil, and their work is poison.
 - Hoss Gifford

When is the last time you saw a Lamborghini sale?
 - Chris Campbell

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
 - Maya Angelou

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
 - Oscar Wilde

Clients are the difference between design and art.
 - Michael Bierut

Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.
 - Stella Adler

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
 - Paul Kleen

An ad should be an appetizer, not a buffet.
 - Lee Clow's Beard

For more quotes, you can visit - www.QuotesOnDesign.com


  1. Alisa! omg HI!!
    Gosh girl its been awhile!
    I didnt know you had a blog! Thanks for stoping by mine. Your sweet.
    Okay I'm really interested in your jewelery collection! So cute! Are you still an architect?
    Hows life! Hey were doing a little portland Bloggers get together on November 5th would you like to join? Great way to connect with people in out area and you can introduce your line!
    Let me know I can email you the details.
    I'm so excited to see you on here! Oh and Love the quotes, I love by quotes daily too!


  2. Olga, thank you so much for your comment, I would love to join your Bloggers get together :)
    I will e-mail you so you have my e-mail address!

    - Alisa