25 Inspirational Quotes for Web Designers

Web design is undoubtedly one of the most creative professions to pursue. It’s a blend of technical capabilities and artistic skills. It is a rewarding career, not only to just pay the bills, but to have the freedom to work from anywhere. 

At the same time, like every profession in the world, web design can feel monotonous at times. Many designers feel a “lack of inspiration” and that starts reflecting in their designs.

A creative job like this requires you to use those creative juices every time you design a new website. 

And since we know it’s difficult, we're sharing some inspirational quotes for web designers to keep that motivation going, creative juices flowing and even make you laugh. 


“It’s not a bug. It’s an undocumented feature!”

Milton Glaser

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

steve jobs

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”


“A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.”

Paul Cookson

“Great web design without functionality is like a sports car with no engine.”

Aaron Russell

“Every designers’ dirty little secret is that they copy other designers’ work. They see work they like, and they imitate it. Rather cheekily, they call this inspiration.”

Jeffrey Zeldman

“Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.”

Steve Krug

“If there’s one thing you learn by working on a lot of different Web sites, it’s that almost any design idea–no matter how appallingly bad–can be made usable in the right circumstances, with enough effort..”

Paul Cookson

“Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that.”

Martin Golding

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.”

Neil Gaiman

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

Antonie De-Saint Exupery

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”

Charles Eames

“The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.”

Paul Rand

“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.”

Nicholas Negroponte

“Where do new ideas come from? The answer is simple: differences. Creativity comes from unlikely juxtapositions.”

Paula Scher

“It's through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”

Marian Bantjes

“The more I deal with the work as something that is my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is.”

Jeffrey Veen

“Designers can create normalcy out of chaos; they can clearly communicate ideas through the organising and manipulating of words and pictures.”

David Craib

Design should never say, “Look at me.” It should always say, “Look at this”

Ethan Marcotte

“If you’re already a front-end developer, well, pretend you’re also wearing a pirate hat.”

Cameron Moll

“What separates design from art is that design is meant to be… functional.”

Robert Hoekman

“Writing is designing with words. Designing is writing without them.”

Pedro Silva Moreira

“Creating your own portfolio takes time. First you have to choose the technologies among the overwhelming amount of options we have. Am I going to go for React? Angular? PHP? Ruby? What about SEO? Should I try node? With them, where do I host? Once you decided and set everything up, you’ve got to list all your projects manually, add the descriptions, links, images and decide on a design that shows your very best. Suddenly, the simple task of creating a pretty portfolio is overwhelming.”


“If You Think Math is Hard Try Web Design”

Antonie De-Saint Exupery

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”

We hope you liked these classic quotes. Check back when you need reminders or just want to laugh!

Do you have a favorite web design quote? Let us know in the comments below.

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