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Design Versus Art

By on Oct 10, 2005 in Brand and Identity Design, Web Design

Andy Rutledge responds to Milton Glazer’s essay at AIGA with this comparison of art and design:

Art involves no responsibility to anyone other than the artist’s ideas, ideals, vision and purpose. Design, on the other hand, involves a responsibility to everyone and everything other than those things. For example: to the client’s needs, the client’s aims, the client’s expectation of result, the clients’ customers’ expectations, needs and concerns, …even to the public at-large.

Within the design community, I’m surprised by how many people don’t get this distinction – or they think that art is the higher purpose. I think that’s silly – design is awesome! Design serves the common good; art frequently serves a single person. Design creates value, design makes lives easier, better and more enjoyable. Hooray design!

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