Quotes on design, Vol. I

Wednesday 9th May 2012

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