“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde
I have a confession: I love really great quotes. I know this is cheesy and overdone, especially on Pinterest these days. Since I was a kid, I have loved them and collected them. Now, as a designer who could easily overuse them, I restrain myself. But, if you look at my things, you’ll see them sneaking about.
Early in my design career, I would fill an awkward space in a design with a famous quote. I loved sites like: http://quotes.dictionary.com/ and http://www.goodreads.com/quotes.
Now, I typically only use quotes if they’re pulled from the copy I’m working with (say for a newsletter or brochure). I think having a love for quotes has given me a good eye for the key point to pull out and highlight (and maybe that journalism degree is good for something as well). As a designer, it’s important to understand the content and purpose for the piece you’re designing. One of the benefits of needing to find a quote is that it ensures I read the content and understand it. Rarely does anyone ask me to switch the pull-quote.
My designer takeaway: If held in check, obsessions can turn into a useful skill.