Win a copy of Designer and a Baron Fig Notebook!

Last week we introduced you to our latest WordPress theme, Designer. This week, we’re having a good old fashioned Designer giveaway! We’re giving away 3 copies of Designer and a year of support and updates to three lucky people. But wait, there’s more! We’re also giving away 3 Baron Fig Notebooks. These are the same beautifully crafted notebooks that we use here at Array HQ to sketch out our ideas and plan upcoming features. Choose between blank, ruled or dotted notebook styles.

How To Enter

To enter the Designer giveaway, simply leave a comment below with a quote about design or creativity. This can be a quote from a designer, architect or artist, a quick tip or piece of advice or really anything relating to the creative world. By the end of the giveaway, hopefully we’ll have a wall of inspirational quotes about design.

This giveaway will run for 1 week, starting today, August 4th, 2014 until Monday, August 11th, 2014. Three winners will be chosen at random from the collection of design quotes. Good luck, folks! We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Update – Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone who participated, we now have 137 awesomely creative quotes about design, aesthetics and everything in between. We’ve randomly chosen 3 winners from the comments below. We also are awarding a runner up because of the overwhelming engagement we received on this giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for participating, we can’t wait to do one of these again!

David Claytor

Tolstoy calls art “a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward the well-being of individuals and of humanity”. I love this description of creativity for its communal qualities, claiming art as a unifying force.

Matthew Pereira

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful. – Dieter Rams

Dennis Jenders

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. – Milton Glaser

Megan Evans

I haven’t got it yet, but I’m hunting it and fighting for it, I want something serious, something fresh—something with soul in it! Onward, onward. —Vincent van Gogh

Published by Mike McAlister

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die. I design all the things.

141 Comments

  1. “The impetus to conform, so widespread today, will, if not checked, kill all forms of creativity, scientific and technological included.”

    — Paul Rand

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  2. Quote by Albert Einstein

    “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on.”

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  3. “The amateur has not mastered the technique of his art. Nor does he expose himself to judgment in the real world. If we show our poem to our friend and our friend says, “It’s wonderful, I love it,” that’s not real-world feedback, that’s our friend being nice to us. Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it’s for failure.”

    – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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  4. “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things”

    – Ray Bradbury

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  5. “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard

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  6. To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.
    – Giorgio Armani

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  7. Good artists copy; great artists steal.

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  8. “If you make everything bold, nothing is bold” – Art Webb.

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  9. A lesson in how to create great minimalist, unfussy designs (which Array does so well!)

    “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful” –John Maeda

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  10. Tolstoy calls art “a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward the well-being of individuals and of humanity”. I love this description of creativity for its communal qualities, claiming art as a unifying force.

    Love the themes, keep up the good work!

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  11. Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. – Pablo Picasso

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  12. “do more than what is expected” – nils lou

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  13. “Less is more, nothing is everything.”
    – me

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  14. “If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.”

    –Michael Bierut

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  15. One of my favorite quotes:

    A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

    So true.

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  16. Here’s a good quote:
    “With every project, we set out to make the most honest, well-made product we can for you. We simply don’t take shortcuts.”
    I’m hoping for a bonus point here but it’s something I’ve recently stole and used on potential clients for myself (call off your lawyers, it’s only verbally!) because it’s a great line…also it’s something everyone should strive for.

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  17. You won’t find the answer in a book.

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  18. A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself.
    -David Ogilvy

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  19. “It’s simple until you make it complicated.”
    – Jason Fried, CEO of 37 Signals

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  20. I like the conciseness of this one, by Ellen Lupton: “Think more, design less”.

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  21. Sometimes it’s easy to overthink things, and try to design “too much”, so I have this one on my wall.

    “Simple is good” – Jim Henson

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  22. Design is simple. Always with the simple.

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  23. “To be successful, you really have to put your ego in the background and try to be diplomatic to achieve what you want to achieve”. Ken Adam

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  24. My absolute favorite is from Ira Glass:

    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” –Ira Glass

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  25. “This is getting serious.” Celine Dion.

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  26. A Sculptor Doesn’t Keep Adding Clay To A Statue, But Strips Away The Inessentials Until The Truth Is Revealed.

    – Bruce Lee

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  27. “Be realistic,
    demand the impossible !”
    #Che Guevara
    “Designer” from array.is can help you.

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  28. I regularly go back to Dieter Rams 10 Principles of ‘Good Design’ for guidance.
    Here’s number 8 of 10.

    “Good Design Is Thorough Down to the Last Detail : Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.” ~ Dieter Rams / German industrial designer

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  29. As an aspiring writer, I keep this quote from Slyvia Plath posted at my desk: “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

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  30. Inventors are the children of misfortune and want. ~Charles Goodyear

    Charles Goodyear is of course the inventor of galvanized rubber. He, like most inventors and creative geniuses of history, died penniless while others profited from his work.

    Goodyear’s quote reminds me of the price I must be willing to pay if I’m to dedicate my life to creativity.

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  31. Love this quote by Bill Bernbach, “An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.”

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  32. “Iterative design based on client whims is like a land war in Asia: better not to get involved.”

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  33. In answer to a client to his question: “what do you mean by tweaking?” My response was: “Making the design better so we notice but you probably won’t =)”

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  34. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
    ― Pablo Picasso

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  35. Here are a few of my favorite design quotes:

    “If there were a prerequisite for the future successful digital creative, it would be the passion for discovery.” ~ John Maeda

    “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams

    “Typography is like food: in the right hands, it can be beautiful, magical, and transcendent. In the wrong hands, it can make you sick.” ~ @mgoldst

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  36. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
    – Steve Jobs

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  37. “I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares, as opposed to ugly things. That’s my intent.”
    -Saul Bass

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

    From Exupéry, storyteller 🙂

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  39. “its all about the drop shadows and comic sans italic these days”
    -me when my mom asked me to create a site for her cooking recepies

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  40. This is a simple quote from Lindon Leader:

    “I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.”

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  41. Here’s my favorite: “Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” -Bill Moyers

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  42. This comment is now art.

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  43. My favourite quote and all time kick ass inspiration:
    “I demand things to be awesome.”
    – Michael Bay

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  44. I can’t stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, ‘Put this design in your carpet!’ – Rumi

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  45. “A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

    Additionally:

    “Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

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

    ― Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

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  47. So very true:
    “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity”

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  48. One of my favourite quotes that I can never find real attribution for is:

    A foolproof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble, then chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant.

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  49. *Inserts a myriad of Steve Jobs’ quotes*

    “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Jonathon Swift

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  50. life is design! enjoy the beautiful things around you.

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  51. Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. -Plato

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  52. “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

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  53. “Some people like what you do, some people hate what you do, but most people simply don’t give a damn.”

    Charles Bukowski (about design in a broader context)

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  54. “A minimalist does not charge you for what he did. He charges you for what he did not do.”

    ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

    This is so true. Array’s approach to minimalist design is why I love it themes. Keep up the great work.

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  55. “To be modern is not a fashion, it is a state. It is necessary to understand history, and he who understands history knows how to find continuity between that which was, that which is, and that which will be.”
    – Le Corbusier

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  56. …designers can make life more bearable by producing stuff that touches its audience rather than f**ks them in the head.

    – Jon Wozencraft

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  57. You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see. – Tadao Ando

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  58. “Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening.”
    Allen Ginsberg

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  59. Taxi driver to Woody Harrelson:

    “Chaos and creativity go together. If you lose one per cent of your chaos, you lose your creativity.”

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  60. Job for money, design for love.

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  61. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream Discover.” –Mark Twain

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  62. Always look to your peers for inspiration. Failing that, adopt a ginger cat, they are awesome.

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  63. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

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  64. Designing is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

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  65. “The easier it is to quantify, the less it’s worth.” – Seth Godin

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  66. Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
    Charles Eames

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  67. It’s on the longer end, but a goodie for sure. The original “form follows function” quote. . .

    “Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling.

    It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.”

    – Louis Sullivan, American architect

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  68. “Good design is as little design as possible.” — Dieter Rams

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  69. « L’originalité n’est rien d’autre qu’une imitation judicieuse. Les auteurs les plus originaux empruntes les uns des autres. » It’s from Voltaire. Roughly translated, that’d mean: “Originality is nothing more that judicious imitation. The most original of authors borrows from one to another.

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  70. “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

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  71. “Make the logo bigger.” -Two-Thirds of Your Clients

    Perhaps not that inspirational, but definitely about design.

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  72. “Design is as much a matter of finding problems as it is solving them” – Bryan Lawson

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  73. “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”
    – Steve Jobs

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  74. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
    – Leonardo da Vinci

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  75. “Being an architect isn’t only about construction, it’s about creating wide spaces with small spaces.”
    ― Yannick Heywang

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  76. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

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  77. Good design doesn’t date.
    Harry Seidler

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  78. A 3D vector: design, simplicity and beaty – Array!

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  79. “Do it. Do it right. Do it right now!”

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  80. The details are not the details. They make the design.

    Charles Eames.

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  81. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Michelangelo

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  82. “Less but better” – Dieter Rams

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  83. “When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, ‘Wow that was an adventure, ‘not, ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.”

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  84. The details are not the details. They make the design.

    – Charles Eames

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  85. “But I find that for myself, without exception, the more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.”
    Marian Bantjes

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  86. There are designs that make you smile there by giving your face something to do with the emotions you feel…. 😀

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  87. “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” ― Pablo Picasso

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  88. “Do what you love, it will take you where you want to be”

    – Wayne White

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  89. “Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.”
    – Dieter Rams

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  90. “If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art.” – Henrik Fiskar

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  91. Simplicity is the ultimate art of sophistication.
    – Leonardo da Vinci.

    In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

    The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
    – Douglas Horton.

    All this = Array! Thanks for the great work! 🙂

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  92. “Good art inspires; Good design motivates.”
    — OTTO AICHER

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  93. Good design, speaks for itself.

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  94. “I haven’t got it yet, but I’m hunting it and fighting for it, I want something serious, something fresh—something with soul in it! Onward, onward.”—Vincent van Gogh, January 3, 1883, Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to Theo Van Gogh

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  95. Make something that elates your heart, you are the creator of your reality!

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  96. “I feel it in my fingers
    I feel it in my toes
    Design is all around me
    And so the feeling grows”

    – Wet Wet Wet

    Sort of…

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  97. Ни к новому… ни к старому… а к нужному.
    (Not to the new… not to the old… but to the necessary.)
    Vladimir Yevgraphovich Tatlin, early 20th Century Russian avant-garde polymath.

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  98. With life becoming increasing complex, the need for simplistic design is the need of the hour.

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  99. A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.

    https://twitter.com/iconfinder/status/472014218267742208

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  100. design is art that makes itself useful

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  101. “I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”

    Saul Bass

    “If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”

    Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO Jaguar

    “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    “If you never venture outside the box, you will probably not be creative. But if you never get inside the box, you will certainly be stupid.”

    Christopher Peterson

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  102. “Less is more” – Robert Browning

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  103. “Do not seek to change what has come before. Seek to create that which has not.” – David Airey

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  104. A tip from me:

    Take inspiration from everything you see around you from shape and form to colours and everything in between. Never stop using your eyes. The more you look for things that you inspire or interest you, the more original your own creativity will be because there will be more ‘visual cues’ for you to work with.

    However, always remember your work being 90% great to you will be 100% or more great to others, so don’t let perfection rule you.

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  105. You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. – Walt Disney

    You can design and create, and build the most wonderful product in the world. But it takes users to make the dream a reality. – The entrepreneur

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  106. “Be water, my friend” – Bruce Lee

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  107. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
    — Andy Warhol

    Life is art.

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  108. “Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.”
    – Victor Papanek

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  109. ” Work for free or for full price, never for cheap! “

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  110. As I know how much do you love him, here it is:

    “To be hot is to be temporary. Greatness endures.” ~Lil Wayne

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  111. “A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence.”
    – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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  112. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
    – Scott Adams

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  113. “As soon as you start talking about mystique, you have none.”
    ― Neil Young

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  114. «Design works best when it gets out of the user’s way.» by Neil Gajera

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  115. “To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”
    -Vince Lombardi

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  116. “Simplify, then add lightness.” – Colin Chapman, Lotus

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  117. “It is when we create things for God’s sake that our work most clearly promotes His glory, rather than threatening to compete with it. Thus the true purpose of art is the same as the true purpose of anything: it is not for ourselves or for our own self-expression, but for the service of others and the glory of God.” —Philip Graham Ryken

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  118. “I’ve found you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light.”
    – John Coltrane

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  119. “Design cannot rescue failed content.”

    ― Edward R. Tufte

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  120. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

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  121. “Never, ever ever ever ever give up.”

    ― Winston Churchill

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  122. “The difference between the right word and the almost right word
    is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”
    – Mark Twain

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  123. “Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.”
    – Edward Tufte

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  124. “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” – Milton Glaser

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  125. “If you can design one thing, you can design everything” Massimo Vignelli

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  126. “The more users’ experiences prove right, the more they will feel in control of the system and the more they will like it.”
    — Jakob Nielsen

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  127. “Life Is Too Short For You To Get Good At What You Don’t Want To Be Doing”
    Paul Hudson

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  128. «Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent».
    – Joe Sparano

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  129. Creativity is the last second of thinking hours

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  130. “I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.” –Frank Lloyd Wright

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  131. Have a dream. A lot of passion.
    The rest will follow…

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  132. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams

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  133. “IF YOU’RE AFRAID OF FAILING, YOU WON’T GET VERY FAR.” – Steve Jobs

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  134. Good design means never having to say “Click Here.”
    Shawn Leslie

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  135. So many great quotes shared here. Thank you for selecting me as a winner. I look forward to checking out the notebook from Baron Fig as well as using the theme. Big fan, and happy customer.

    Thanks!
    Dennis

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  136. Design – “The iterative process resulting in the creation of an artifact that solves a problem”.

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  137. Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not possibly have met.
    – Fran Liebowitz

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