As a designer by trade and artist at night, this is an area I have pondered on quite a bit in my youth and was useful for me to define the difference.

The design is taught and is a lot to do what’s fashionable at the time. When a designer creates work, they design to sell services or products. To design usually stems from the need or desire to communicate a pre-existing message: a strapline, a logo or a call to action.

“Art and design are completely different. Art is about making questions. The design is about making solutions.” – John Maeda.

Art can be taught but doesn’t have to be; it’s created usually by someone that has learned their skill since childhood and for more personal reasons than making money. A work of art is the expression of a completely new idea. It’s the process of breathing life into something private and personal to create an emotional bond between the artist and their audience.

Art for art’s sake is an English slogan of a french sentence from the early 19th century, “l’art pour part”, and expresses a philosophy that the intrinsic value of art, and the only “true” art – Is divorced, from debate, moral, or practical function.

Design vs Art

      • To design is solving a problem. Art is raising a question.
      • The design is conclusive. Art is an open debate.
      • Being a Designer is being an actor and following a script. Art is writing and interpreting your own story.
      • Designing is the mind of looking for solutions. Art is the voice of the soul.
      • The design needs collective acceptance. Art only requires inner approval.
      • Designing is an act of empathy. Art is an act of freedom.

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