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Design Inspiration Quotes: Get Your Creativity Flowing Today

October 30, 2020 | 0 min read

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Applicable not only in the case of a graphic designer but anybody who has ever worked in the creative side of operations would know how exhausting, at times, it can get to do one’s job- to create. It is true that as a designer, writer, painter, or artist of sorts, you are paid for your creativity. However, all said and done, creativity is not after all a tap that can flow anytime it is turned on.
How often do you feel drained at the end (or even just the beginning) of the day, like you have already saturated all of your brains’ creativity and are rather ready to call it a day? We are sure quite often. However, unfortunately, in most cases than not, calling it a day is not really an option.

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Hence, if today is that one day which looks gloomy and when you are rather frustrated with your creativity, designs, and ideas (or a lack thereof), say no more! Here are some inspiring quotes from the wise that can, perhaps, channel your inner creativity!

“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”

Paula Scher
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Everyone in the designer’s zone goes through a stage when they are worried (more than necessary) about their designs and design mistakes. This quote, on such days, could help you find the courage of owning up to such mistakes and get to your best designer self!

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”

Maya Angelo
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“Make it simple, but significant.”

Don Draper
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Don Draper could not have put it forth in a better manner; keep it simple, but let not be simplicity your reason your sub-standard designs. Apple kept it simple, but did they compromise on impact?

“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
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“Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style.”

Massimo Vignelli
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“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.”

Jeffrey Zeldman
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A good-looking design is not everything that one needs to have a conclusive graphic in hand. Just like content is a boring group of words without a well-devised, a piece of design also is incomplete, incompetent, and only ‘decoration’ without words.

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas, worry about the day they stop.”

Jeffrey Zeldman
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Well, this goes without saying. There is a reason why the Gucci designs and Louis Vuitton designs have fake first copies circulation around the world!

“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”

Paul Rand
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For those days when you are not sure enough of your designs, this one should get you through it all.  Design can be anything and everything- simple, artistic, or even all of it at once. But it is this intrinsic nature of design and the versatility that opens up all the horizons for you!

“Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.”

Freeman Thomas
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“When typography is on point, words become images.”

Shawn Lukas
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Not understood by most designers is the basic importance of typography and the importance of typography in a design. Get yourself a printed copy of this quote and hang it up on your work desk to remind you each day that weel-thought of typography can create iconic, visually impactful, and inspirational designs.

“Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous.”

Ralph Caplan
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A designer’s block or a creativity block is a real thing. You can always grant yourself the privilege of taking a day off of things in order to get your head straight and clearing out your headspace. However, always know where to draw a line and when you get back in the game, get there with a design that kills!

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Steve Jobs
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“Good design is like a refrigerator—when it works, no one notices, but when it doesn’t, it sure stinks.”

Irene Au
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“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.”

Paul Rand
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“Standards are like sex; one mistake, and you’re stuck supporting it forever!”

Mark Pilgrim
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This couldn’t have been put in a clearer manner. Just like physical intimacy and the act of sex is a basic human need, so should be the clarity of not setting wrong standards for yourself as a designer!

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

Henry Ford
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“Nail the basics first, detail the details later.”

Chris Anderson
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You have heard this from your kindergarten days and we repeat it again- the foundation of any project is what sets the tone of any project – design or otherwise. Hence, aim to nail the basics of your designs, the details are the top-ups you can always add to enhance what you have created!

“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.”

Paul Rand
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“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

Steve Jobs
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Here’s another one from Steve Jobs and we purposely put it in the end as our attempt to immortalize the ultimate design mogul. It was only after Jobs entered Apple that Apple’s products underwent some serious, revolutionary designs. Hence, there could never be anyone better to speak about design inspiration. As also said by Paula Scher, we emphasize again, there are no mistakes in design and if there are, there should ever be any shame in owning it up!

FAQs- Design Inspiration


1) What is a creative block?

A creative block can act as a barrier to inspiration. It is essentially the inability to think creatively or to access the flair of creativity you otherwise display in your job. A creativity block is felt by all artists of all fields; writers, painters, performers.

2) How to get over my creative block?

More often than not, a creative block is felt by those who need to be creative as a part of their profession. Since you are thinking creatively every day, there can be days when your brain just doesn’t think as it should, and doing the following could help- Take help: Collaborate with your co-workers; seek inspiration Unplug: It is okay to not be okay, does nothing for a day (or two) Meditate or take walks to clear your brain Take De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats technique: Look at the process of decision making and creating not just from yours, but from different points of view. Go against your flow; break patterns!

3)Is ‘creative block’ a real thing?

As per a blog published by Penn State University, a writer’s block, the same kind of block felt by anyone in any creative field, is as real as an anxiety attack. Do not beat yourself down if you are experiencing a creative block. It is okay, it is faced by all and it is never the end of the world!
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