If people can’t understand it, it’s not working

Information design is presenting information in a structured way to effectively communicate a particular subject with clarity and efficiency … don’t just tell when you can show… But, in successful visualisation, seeing must lead to understanding. And, as in any other medium, it much engage, inform and inspire us.

Graham Roberts, Senior Graphics Editor, The New York Times

There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.

Milton Glaser, famed designer behind the I ❤ NY logo and Obama’s iconic campaign poster

Passion. Risk. Tenacity. Consistency. This is my professional history.

Giorgio Armani

The best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining

John F. Kennedy

It’s the same with marketing problems…

As any doctor can tell you, the most crucial step toward healing is having the right diagnosis. If the disease is precisely identified, a good resolution is far more likely.

Dr Andrew Weil, physician

“The secret really is observation … observe what is going on … try and figure out how people are thinking. Try and determine their day. Then people will understand [what you’re saying]”

Sam Cooke, when asked the secret of his inspiration and huge success in songwriting

The mind is like a parachute, it has to be open to work.

Frank Zappa, musician and composer

Copy is a direct conversation with a consumer

Shirley Polykoff, copywriter (H/T Vikki Ross)

A vocal minority does not reflect the silent majority

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.”

Edmund Burke – 18th century English philosopher

A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.

Peggy Noonan – President Reagan’s primary speechwriter