Top 10 Quotes on Design

These are some of my all-time favorite quotes about design. What are yours? Email them to me and I will publish them here.

Design is art that makes itself useful. 1984 poster for Die Neue Sammlung, Design Museum, Munich

Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute. Von R. Glitschka

Design to express, not to impress. John Tanedo

Design is the silent ambassador of your brand. Paul Rand

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well. Brian Reed

Graphic design has been likened to a wine glass. When we drink wine we barely notice the glass it’s served in. It wouldn’t be true to say that we don’t care what glass we drink out of –- we wouldn’t choose to drink a rare vintage out of a Tupperware mug, for example –- but it’s the wine that matters, not the vessel it comes in. Adrian Shaughnessy

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. Joe Sparano

If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative. David Ogilvy

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this.” David Craib

People ignore design that ignores people. Frank Chemero

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Quotes on Design

  1. John Tanedo

    Hey Christy,
    Thanks for featuring my quote on your website… I hope it inspires everybody to create designs that express their inner most feelings rather than trying to top another designer… Its an honor for me to be featured here in your blog.

  2. John Tanedo

    Hey Christy,
    Thanks for featuring my quote on your website… I hope it inspires everybody to create designs that express their inner most feelings rather than trying to top another designer… Its an honor for me to be featured here in your blog. sorry about the typo on my email ;)

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