Design is not a thing you do. It's a way of life.
Design is Life by Alan Fletcher about Design, Purpose
“It looks good” is the worst feedback you can get.
Worst Feedback by Whitney Hess about Design
Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.
Indifference Towards People by Dieter Rams about Design
As a designer you are responsible for what you put into the world.
Designer's Responsibility by Mike Montiero about DesignSource
I asked him if he would come up with a few options. And he said, “No. I will solve your problem for you. And you will pay me. And you don’t have to use the solution. If you want options, go talk to other people. But I’ll solve your problem for you the best way I know how. And you use it or not. That’s up to you. You’re the client. But you pay me.” And there was a clarity about the relationship that was refreshing.
Solving Problems by Steve Jobs about Work, DesignSource
I'm obviously a typeomaniac, which is an incurable if not mortal disease. I can't explain it. I just love, I just like looking at type. I just get a total kick out of it: they are my friends. Other people look at bottles of wine or whatever, or, you know, girls' bottoms. I get kicks out of looking at type. It's a little worrying, I admit, but it's a very nerdish thing to do.
Typeomaniac by Erik Spiekermann about Typography
People don't think enough. People don't use their brain. They use copy-paste. Your brain is free. It is wickedly fast.
Use Your Fucking Brain by Erik Spiekermann about Thinking
Longest Journey by Chinese Proverb
Part of maturing as a designer is discovering what you're good at.
Maturing as a Designer by Michael Bierut about Design, Purpose
Execution before conception. Meaning before perception.
Know What You're Doing by Ed Fella about Books, Thinking