Great Design Quotes

Graphic Design is not only visual communication, but also visual problem solving; sometimes we find a need for our work, other times we’re assigned it. Design is used to communicate a concept, idea, message, or strategy. It focuses on a central message, a call to action, and can inspire viewers and ensure your message is understood. Design can also cause problems of its own; when one question is answered, more emerge.

Our task as designers is to understand the problem, envision both the possibilities of how to communicate best as well as what viewer perception may be, and create something that meets criteria and makes the message clear, concise, and aesthetically pleasing.

View the quotes below and use them for the correlating design assignments.

R. Buckminster Fuller

…To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Paul Rand

The public is more familiar with bad design than good design…The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring.

Lindon Leader

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

Steve Jobs

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

Paula Scher

…to address the fact that the times have changed…You can’t be a designer and say, “Oh, this is timeless.”

Jeffrey Zeldman

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

Massimo Vignelli

…For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.

Issey Miyake

Design is not for philosophy, it’s for life.

Juan-Carlos Fernandez

Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror.

Robert L. Peters

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

Hans Hofmann

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.

Joe Sparano

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.

Alina Wheeler

Design is intelligence made visible.

Piet Hein

Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.

Charles Eames

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

Erik Ardigard

Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.

Stefan Sagmeister

You can have an art experience in front of Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design.

Debbie Millman

My argument is that all graphic designers hold high levels of responsibility in society. We take invisible ideas and make them tangible. That’s our job.

Frank Lloyd Wright

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.

Adrian Frutiger

When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Helmut Schmid

Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.

Matthew Butterick

Times New Roman is not a font choice so much as the absence of a font choice, like the blackness of deep space is not a color.

Matthew Butterick

Times New Roman is not a font choice so much as the absence of a font choice, like the blackness of deep space is not a color.

Helmut Schmid

Typography needs to be audible. Typography needs to be felt. Typography needs to be experienced.

Adrian Frutiger

When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Frank Lloyd Wright

You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.

Debbie Millman

My argument is that all graphic designers hold high levels of responsibility in society. We take invisible ideas and make them tangible. That’s our job.

Stefan Sagmeister

You can have an art experience in front of Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design.

Erik Ardigard

Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.

Charles Eames

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

Piet Hein

Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.

Joe Sparano

Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.

Hans Hofmann

Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.

Robert L. Peters

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

Massimo Vignelli

…For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.

Important Dates

January 18, 2017

Course Begins

February 20, 2017

Presidents Day
No Class

March 8, 2017

Mid Term Critique

March 13 – 17, 2017

Spring Break
No Class

May 1, 2017

Course Concludes

May 8, 2017

Final Critique & Portfolio Review