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21 quotes about creativity, art and design to inspire you
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21 quotes about creativity, art and design to inspire you

Creativity sometimes eludes even the most celebrated artists and designers. Although this may be a somewhat comforting fact, it does not help very much when you are trying to rediscover your personal creativity, which is why we have collated 21 quotes from some of the most accomplished creatives in history that will, we hope, inspire you in some way!

  1. Styles come and go. Good design is a language, not a style. - Massimo Vignelli
  2. Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs
  3. Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  4. Leave it better than you found it. - Robert Baden-Powell
  5. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. - John Maeda
  6. Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. - Eero Saarinen
  7. The details are not the details. They make the design. - Charles Eames
  8. Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment. - Naoto Fukasawa
  9. Curiosity about life in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. - Leo Burnett
  10. The soul never thinks without an image - Aristotle
  11. Recognising the need is the primary condition for design. - Joe Sparano
  12. Fashion fades, only style remains the same. - Coco Chanel
  13. Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity. - Karl Lagerfeld
  14. Nail the basics first, detail the details later. - Chris Anderson
  15. Art is the only place you can do what you like. That's freedom. - Paula Rego
  16. Design is thinking made visual. - Saul Bass
  17. An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. - Dr Edwin Land
  18. Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. - Charles Eames
  19. I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things. - Lindon Leader
  20. Don't design for everyone. It's impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy. - Leisa Reichelt
  21. Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent. - Joe Sparano

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