Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sharing some quotes from Graphic Designers

I had a thought to share an assortment of quotes from famous graphic designers. I thought I was doing an original thing. That is, until I performed a browser search for famous designer quotes. Very. Un. Original.

Anyway here are some quotes. I've included URL's of the sites I visited. I will finish this list with a few of the ones I learned along the way.

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"A logo doesn't sell, it identifies...A logo derives its meaning from the quality of the thing it symbolizes, not the other way around. A logo is less important than the product it signifies; what it means is more important than what it looks like.”

From “Logos, Flags, and Escutcheons” by Paul Rand, emphasis by Michael Beirut, The Smartest Logo in the Room, Design Observer http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=6237

From Design was Here:

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

Charles Eames
Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere.
Mieke Gerritzen 
Saw this one on another site.

Math is easy; design is hard.

Jeffrey Veen
From  Pokkisam:

Design is thinking made visual - Saul Bass.

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From Psd |Tuts:

To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.
-Milton Glaser

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.
-David Hockney

If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page… When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay.
-Adrian Frutiger

From my world:
Create a design and turn it upside down. If it looks good that way then it's OK right side-up.
-Don MacCrimmon, design instructor

Easy design is hard.
-unknown

If anything can go wrong, it will.
-attributed to Murphy's Law

Have fun with these and other quotes.