Instructional Designers

Need a little motivation for instructional design or development?

As an eLearning developer and instructional designer with a traditional graphic design background, I’ve found quotes from designers very meaningful throughout my career. Here are my top 12 inspirational quotes for instructional designers and developers:

1. “Design is thinking made visual.” – Saul Bass

2. “It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.” – Antoine De Saint­-Exupery “

3. “Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

4. “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” – Charles Eames

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

6. “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

7. “What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds — the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes — and you try to bring the two together.” – Mitchell Kapor

8. “Socrates said, ‘Know thyself.’ I say, ‘Know thy users.’ And guess what? They don’t think like you do.” – Joshua Brewer

9. “I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.” – Lindon Leader

10. “People ignore design that ignores people.” – Frank Chimero

11. “Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” – Jeffrey Zeldman

12. “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

What are some of your favorite design or development quotes? Leave them below.

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