Category Archives: Someone Once Said…

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

—Judy Garland

Figure out what makes you ‘you’ and do that and do it well.

Just because something looks good doesn’t mean its useful. And just because something is useful does not make it beautiful.

Joshua Brewer

Think Google – amazingly simple and useful, but not beautifully designed.

There is a difference between usability and beautiful design. It can be ugly and usable or it can be beautiful and unusable.

Every once in a while you find something that is both usable and beautiful. For this: Think iPod.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.


Being a graphic designer gets you used to rejection of your brilliance. So it’s good practice for dating.

Heather Phillips

I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.

Saul Bass

Everybody’s a web designer until, you know, they actually try to do it.

Gabe Boning

Design is creativity with strategy.

—Rob Curedale (

Design is the silent ambassador of your brand.

—Paul Rand

I think this is important because your brand consists of the quality of your product or service not how great the design of your brochure, website or packaging is. A great design can only go so far, while a great brand must be the guiding force.

Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute.

Von R. Glitschka

This one is interesting and may explain why I feel it important for me to know what the marketing department is doing on the web at ATSU. I think the marketing folks and I both somehow understand this concept.

I think you could even say “A newspaper, magazine or story without design is lifeless” Even if it’s the choice of typeface and leading.

Advertising projects, graphic design jobs, architecture assignments, filmmaking, and pretty much every other professional creative service usually begins with smart, talented people shaking hands across a table, and ends in finger-pointing and regret – like a Country & Western love song.

— Jeffrey Zeldman (