The Wit and Wisdom of Graphic Designers and Artists - Part III

light-bulb-from-ceilingWisdom from Real People
We conclude this series of The Wit and Wisdom of Graphic Designers and Artists with some of our favorite insights by individuals who have "paid their dues" in the creative arts.

The quotes come from people in the artistic disciplines of sculpture, writing, architecture, and graphic design.

We hope these gems of wisdom will not only cause you to smile a bit, but get you thinking about this thing we call creativity. So without further ado, here are the words of wisdom.


"A camel is a horse designed by a committee."

- Sir Alec Issigonis, designer of the Mini Cooper automobile

The old saying of "Too many cooks spoil the broth" is sometimes all too true during the formative stages of design. Too many ideas from too many people can ultimately hurt a project. Input from others is a good idea but it is ultimately up to you to choose what works and what doesn't.


"Technology over technique produces emotionless design."

- Daniel Mall, interactive art director and designer

In an age where computers are involved virtually in every area of design, we should be aware that technology is only a tool for creativity but not creativity itself. Let's not forget that we are responsible for designing; computers render them.


Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because that idea wasn't theirs.

- Frank Chimero, graphic designer and author

Although a bit harsh in wording, it's a humorous way of looking at graphic design. When other designers start to say, "Wow, I wish I thought of that!" you know you're doing something right.


"I never design a building before I've seen the site and met the people who will be using it."

- Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

Frank Lloyd Wright produced amazing buildings with his architectural flair. But even with all his talent he realized that design may not mean a thing without proper planning and research regarding the purpose of the design.


"You can't depend on your eyes, when your imagination is out of focus."
-Mark Twain, American writer

Have you ever attended a brainstorming session where an individual starts to propose ideas that are totally off base? In some cases thinking outside the box is beneficial, but the ideas need to be based upon the project parameters.


"I am still learning."
-Michelangelo, artist and sculptor

How could an accomplished sculptor and artist say something like that? If anyone had the right to say they didn't need any more education, certainly Michelangelo would be a prime candidate.

His brief but revealing comment should be emblazoned upon the hearts of all artistic individuals because once we think we know it all; that is the day when our creative growth stops.

A sound education at a good graphic design school can help in building a solid foundation for our career training.

Continued education classes and courses at graphic design colleges or universities can help us to remain current in our knowledge and skills in graphic design. One thing is certain, if Michelangelo felt he was still learning, we have no excuse not to!

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