The main difference between graphic design and fine art:
Graphic design is about problem solving for the client and communication between the clients business and end users. Businesses depend on graphic designers to communicate their message, service, or product to the users in order to increase their profits.
Fine art is about making personal pretty pictures.
Illustration is creating a drawing, for a specific purpose.
I always liked to draw things. When I was a child I used to draw video game characters, cars and objects, always exploring the depth, perspective and stuff like that. I didn’t know what I would be when I was adult. I almost tried Architecture, I researched about the profession and not liked it. The only choice I had was Graphic Design. I’m happy to have chosen it because there are many fields that I could work using my skills!
Just like English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Arabic or Sanskrit, graphic design is a language. It’s a way to organize forms in order to communicate a message. And, as such, graphic design is (or should be)—more often than not—the medium or vehicle, and not the end in itself.
Recently a friend confessed to me that he was kinda tired of graphic design. It had gotten old for him. I get what he means. He was tired of graphic design about graphic design. It seems to me that graphic design as an industry has a tendency to be self-referencing more than most industries. If we think of design as a language and compare it to the English language, it would be like only using English to talk about the English language (or to put it another way, perpetual grammar class). While grammar class is necessary to learn a language, too much of it can get boring—fast.
This may seem obvious, but think of all the other things we can use English to communicate about. We can use it to communicate about… That’s right, anything. So it is with design. You can use it as a language to communicate whatever you want. Yes, the better you know the language, the more skilled you will be at using it to communicate. You have to think about it directly before you can let it be a passive vehicle for another message. Read the rest of this entry
The fine line that separates art and design is something that’s been debated for a very long time. While both artists and designers compose visuals and have a shared toolkit and knowledge base, there’s a distinct difference between the two. Pinpointing exactly what the difference is, that’s where things gets tricky.
Many designers would consider themselves to be artists, yet few artists would class themselves as designers. So how can the distinction be made? In this article we’ll take a quick look at the defining characteristics of the two crafts and consider the motivation and intention of art and design as a starting point.
In the Beginning…
I believe that one of the clearest differences between art and design is to be found in the first sparks of creativity. Broadly speaking, art and design come from very different starting points. Design work usually stems from the need or desire to communicate a pre-existing message. A strapline, a logo or a call to action. A work of art, on the other hand, 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.
This collection of documentaries has been curated to be both a great foundation and fresh inspiration for any graphic designer or artist. The films cover all kinds of creation – from street art, to industrial design, to typography, but all of them are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Here they are: Read the rest of this entry