Quotes for Life and Design… because, is there a difference?

In my own life I always look to quotes. A good quote can keep you going, motivate you and inspire you. Sometimes they are said by the most influential people in the world, but often, they are spoken by people close to you, people far less famous, but their words no less profound. A great song or movie can have some good advice in it. Inspiration can come from all angles. It seems as I go through the process of becoming the designer I want to be, I find that my life and my design are becoming more intertwined. I had this idea in college that my day job would be my day job and my life would be my life. But, being that design is my passion, design IS my life. I am loving the relationship the two have in my little world as I am making the changes to become the designer I want to be. These quotes are some of my favorite for both Life and Design, because there isn’t a difference.

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” — Joe Sparano

“Let it Be.” – The Beatles

“Every designers’ dirty little secret is that they copy other designers’ work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.”

— Aaron Russell

“Grow old, but don’t grow up.” – My Dad

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run free with.” – Carrie Bradshaw

“Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

— Fabien Barral

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.” – A League of Their Own

“The difference between a Designer and Developer, when it comes to design skills, is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.”

— Scott Hanselman

“I want Bones like Iron, blood like Mercury.”  – Dispatch

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.”

– Stephen Nachmanovitch

I found this article from Design Was Here, it has some great design quotes, but more importantly, the presentation of the quotes is phenomenal! Here are even more from Graphic Design Blog . 🙂


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