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35+ inspiring quotes for designers

By Ezequiel Bruni | Inspiration | Feb 13, 2014

When it’s going well, design is a pleasure. But we all know what it’s like to experience a bad day: nothing works the way it should, colors clash, type mumbles, the message is lost altogether.

It’s worth remembering that everyone has their bad days. Here are some of the most inspirational quotes we’ve found online to help you through the rough patch and come out smiling on the other side.

Each and every one of these pearls of wisdom came from bitter experience, when work was hard-going, and things didn’t click the way the person wanted them to. So take a look at the world from a different perspective, you might be surprised at what you find.

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Which of these quotes inspires you the most? Have we missed a quote you like to refer to? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Michael Meininger

    I have a tongue-in-cheek quote that I pull out every now and then when people try to get too artsy and start to lose their marketing sensibilities
    “be unique, just like everyone else”

    I always use the Einstein quote as well. I keep it static on our conference room whiteboard.

    Last contribution is a jab at stiffs in ties- ” who needs a tie when you’re dressed in talent”

  • Bianca Board

    Wow! These are incredible. Do you know who the artists are, or did yo make them all yourself Ezequiel?

    • EzequielBruni

      That’s a very flattering question. :) I wish I’d made these. No, each image is linked to its source. So, yeah, click to find the creators.

  • http://sunshined.net/ Diana

    Awesome work! Thank you for including my “speak when you are angry” poster as well.

  • ROmours

    Congrats for the curation (special thanks for the effort to include the link to the sources) these posters are so inspiring and very well designed !

  • Renato

    The last one is my favorite from this article.
    Here’s one of my very favorites.

    There are those who see things the way they are, and ask why…
    I dream of things that never were and ask, why not?

    -Robert Kennedy

  • http://www.nebulasdesign.com/local-web-design/web-design-chelmsford-essex Nebulas Web Design Chelmsford

    Some great quotes especially love the one about sex. Another one a fellow designer and myself kind of made up is that with some clients we will show them exactly what they don’t want, we are the anti designers. This is sometimes the case to give them exactly what they do want.

  • Naveen

    This is awesome..

  • Forrest Allison

    What is the license on the mandela quote poster? I’d love to use that on my website