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Ever heard the phrase “the great thing about opinions is that everyone has one”? Or is it bellybuttons? Either way, I love to get inside the minds of great thinkers and have gathered a selection of some thought provoking quotations from some of the most creative people to have ever lived. Enjoy.

“Design is thinking made visual.”

Saul Bass

“Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.”

Milton Glaser

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

Albert Einstein

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”

Pablo Picasso

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”

Salvador Dali

“Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”

Paul Rand

“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”

Ben Schneiderman

“Thinking is drawing in your head.”

Alan Fletcher

“Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.”

Neville Brody

“You cannot not communicate.”

Erik Spiekermann

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”


“Although my art work was heavily informed by my design work on a formal and visual level, as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.”

Barbara Kruger



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