10 inspirational design rules

jan filek created a series of 10 inspirational design posters with quotes from the inspiring minds of Harold Speed, David Lynch, Audie McCall, Picasso, Ken Rockwell, Peter Fischli, David Weiss and Erik Spiekermann.

i think they are great rules for designers to remember and a few rules that can be applied to everyday life as well. ¬†ūüôā

1. ¬†DO ONE THING AT A TIME –¬†Don’t dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them.

2. ¬†KNOW THE PROBLEM –¬†Always have a clear idea of what it is you want to do.

3. ¬†STAY TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL IDEA –¬†Then you have at least a chance of being able to live with yourself.

4. ¬†LEARN TO LISTEN –¬†The opposite of talking is not waiting to talk. Pay attention and you won’t miss important input.

5. ¬†ACCEPT CHANGE AS INEVITABLE –¬†You’ve got to accept change as inevitable and trust the process.¬†Be willing to let go and think new thoughts.

6. ¬†BE HONEST AND LIE –¬†Only by bending reality as we perceive it, we can hope to move another person see something in a truly new way.

7. ¬†BREAK RULES –¬†But only if it looks better. ¬†However, one must know the rules in order to break them.

8. ¬†FORM BEATS COLOUR –¬†Art owes more to form (for it’s range of expression) than to colour.

9. ¬†DISTINGUISH SENSE FROM NONSENSE –¬†Anything that isn’t directly helping the composition takes away from it.

10. ¬†COLLABORATE AND TAKE PART IN DISCOURSE –¬†Learn to think differently by working with others, share experiences and reflect together about your work.

*all images courtesy of jan filek

make sure to visit jan’s website to see all 10 poster¬†designs.

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