Category Archive: Quotes

  1. Steve Jobs on Creativity

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    “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. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

    — Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995

  2. Typography exists

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    Typography exists to honor content … In a world rife with unsolicited messages, typography must often draw attention to itself before it will be read. Yet in order to be read, it must relinquish the attention it has drawn.
    — Robert Bringhurst

  3. Quotes on design, Vol. I

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    One of the ways in which I use Twitter is to collect inspiring quotes on design, I bookmark these as favourites as a way of archiving them.

    These quotes are from designers that I look up to and try to learn from. I am going to start archiving collections of these on this site as a way of curating the best ones. I also want to share these with other designers, sometimes a retweet just isn’t enough.

    With this in mind below is the first of what I am planning will be a regular entry to this journal. I hope you find them as insightful and inspiring as I do.

    Typography requires circumstantial flexibility. A typographic rule is a recommendation, not law. Act accordingly. Flex, don’t snap & break.
    — @nicoledotin

    A thing made without a problem to solve isn’t design, it’s art
    — @pixelcult

    Don’t make something unless it’s both necessary & useful; but if it’s both, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.
    — Shaker proverb

    The beginning of a good feature is getting rid of features.
    — @mattgemmell

    Graphic design has just as much to do with words as it does with pictures.
    — @fchimero

    There’s a real art to making things seem obvious.
    — @dburka

    Designers: Your Word of the Day is “restraint”. In fact, that’s the word every day.
    — @philcoffman

    Details in typefaces are not to be seen but felt.
    — @espiekermann

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

    Geometric shapes last for thousands of years while personal shapes have a very short life.
    — @vignelli