10 Thought-Provoking Quotes about Design Thinking

Teresa Lee

It’s not uncommon for designers to stare longingly at their screen, only to feel exasperated that they’re still stuck with a blank canvas for countless hours. In fact, some of you design thinkers are beating yourselves up this very second because you’re lacking that creative juice. Nonetheless, going through the same problem over and over again will only make you feel even more lost. Sometimes, taking that step back from your project just for a brief second will not only help clear your mind, but also enable you to approach the problem with a new perspective.

Here are some inspirational quotes to overcome your creative block and get going!

 “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of a genius – and a lot of courage to move into the opposite direction.” —  E. F. Schumacher

“The key to great ideas is not having them, it is executing them. And great ideas come from problems. As designers we call problems, briefs, and we call reactions to problems, concepts.” — Kate Moross

“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.” —  Paul Rand

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” —  Joe Sparano

“Design Thinking is all about building unmatched user experiences with innovation.” —  Nisarg Mehta

“Styles come and go, good design is a language not a style.” —  Massimo Vignelli

“We must design for the way people behave, not for how we would wish them to behave.” —  Donald A. Norman

“Design is one of the few disciplines that is a science as well as an art. Effective, meaningful design requires intellectual, rational rigor along with the ability to elicit emotions and beliefs. Thus, designers must balance both the logic and lyricism of humanity every time they design something, a task that requires a singularly mysterious skill.” — Debbie Millman

“Design is thinking made visual.” — Saul Bass

“How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things, but how well we are understood.” – Andrew Grove