All designers need a little inspiration from time to time. So it’s lucky for us that there are thousands of designers, educators, philosophers, writers, and business people willing to hand out advice for free.

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

– Steve Jobs

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

– Steve Jobs

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

– Albert Einstein

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

– Sir Ken Robinson

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

– Martin LeBlanc

“If you don’t talk to you customers, how will you know how to talk to your customers?”

– Will Evans

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

– John Maeda

“They don’t want quarter-inch bits. They want quarter-inch holes.”

– Leo McGinneva

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

– Charles Eames

“Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.”

– Tate Linden

“Technology over technique produces emotionless design.”

– Daniel Mall

“As far as the customer is concerned, the interface is the product.”

– Jef Raskin

“UI is the saddle, the stirrups, and the reigns. UX is the feeling you get being able to ride the horse, and rope your cattle.”

– Dain Miller