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Art vs. Design

Updated: Feb 7

This article was originally published in the Indie Music Feedback blog.

Two words that are often confused. Allow me to explain.


First the dictionary definitions:


Art: Noun: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.


Design: Noun: A plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other objects before it is made.


Once the two are combined, it does get a bit blurry but being able to determine in what process you are in when working on something can make you a more efficient creator.


Now how does this apply to your work like graphic design or music?


The art process would have to be the writing and coming up with the emotional value or qualities of a song.


The design process would have to be applying the technical knowledge and intricacies of drawing, coloring or audio engineering etc...


The best way I could explain it is this:

A mined diamond is a piece of art. Taking it to a jeweler and turning it into a ring is the design process. Taking that ring and displaying it in a store is marketing. But that is a topic for…

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