Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication

Good Graphic Design Quotes

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication

Have you ever wonder what famous graphic designers / artists around the world  have been thinking? Well, I think you can learn a lot from the words that they have said.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite ones, hope you enjoy them!

“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated”

— Paul Rand

“It takes a long time to become young”

— Pablo Picasso

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

— Albert Einstein

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”

— Leonardo da Vinci

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”

— Thomas Edison

“The talent for discovering the unique and marketable characteristics of a product and service is a designer’s most valuable asset”

— Primo Angeli

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools”

— Douglas Adams

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist”

— Louis Nizer

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on”

— John F. Kennedy

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”

— Pablo Picasso

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”

— Albert Einstein

“Less is more”

— Mies van der Rohe & Buckminster Fuller

“Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere”

— Mieke Gerritzen

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

— David Craib

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

— Fabien Barral

“You can’t do better design with a computer, but you can speed up your work enormously”

— Wim Crouwel

“A designer can mull over complicated designs for months. Then suddenly the simple, elegant, beautiful solution occurs to him. When it happens to you, it feels as if God is talking! And maybe He is”

— Leo Frankowski

“A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it”

— Brenda Laurel

“Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does”

— David Carson

“Practice safe design: Use a concept”

— Petrula Vrontikis

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”

— Antoine de Saint Exupéry

“Many things difficult to design prove easy to perform”

— Samuel Johnson

“Designing a product is designing a relationship”

— Steve Rogers

“Good design is good business”

— Thomas J. Watson Jr.

“I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

“A designer knows they have achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Above are 26 Graphic Design Quotes I liked, and if you are a graphic designer /artist reading this post, please do share your words of wisdom in the comments below.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

I thought this was suppose to be quotes from graphic designers not just about design? Albert Einstein?

Joseph Ku
April 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm
– In reply to: Sarah

Hi Sarah, yes sorry about the confusion. I just wanted to share some inspiring quotes from famous people of all times. Artists, designers, inventors, scientists etc… the title should have been to reflect this. Hope they inspire you like they have inspired me, thanks for your question.